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Working Together with North America

The USA and Canada play a leading role within the context of the increasing globalisation of science and research. North America – and especially the USA – continues to be the most competitive research region in the world. More than a quarter of the global funds spent on research and development are invested here.

The excellence and attractiveness of the research institutions is also reflected in the fact that more than half of all DFG-funded research fellows travel to North America for their important first career step after completing their doctorate. Transatlantic research cooperation is now part of day-to-day life in many cases, but there are still many hurdles to be overcome before a common transatlantic research area can be established.

For this reason, the DFG maintains regional expertise at its Head Office as well as running its own North America Office at two locations (Washington D.C. and New York).


“Once in America”: Interview

Per von Soosten has been a DFG postdoctoral fellow at the Department of Mathematics at Harvard University. He conducts research in the area of the modern theory of random matrices to investigate quantum particles in disordered media. Interner Linkmore

Sinem Koç-Günel in the lab

“Once in America”: Interview

Clinical lung researcher Sinem Koc-Günel joined the group run by Amy Ryan (Firth) as a DFG fellow at the Hastings Center for Pulmonary Research, University of Southern California, in Los Angeles, where she is looking into new methods for treating a rare lung disease. Interner Linkmore

New Year's Mixer Event

For several years now, the German Consulate General New York has invited representatives and alumni of the university liaison offices and funding organizations based in the city to a New Year’s reception at the Consul General’s residence. Interner Linkmore

The regional area at a glance

Tasks and objectives

  • Maintain and expand science and science policy cooperation with partner organisations in North America
  • Provide advice on research cooperations and advise interested researchers on submitting proposals
  • Provide information on North America as a research location and on opportunities for research cooperation between the two countries – especially in the context of DFG-funded projects and programmes


Team Leader/Head of DFG Office North America:

Programme Coordination North America:

Interner LinkContact DFG Office North America