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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).


Ten Years of IRTG-CREATE

The 10th anniversary of the IRTG-CREATE partnership, supported by the Natural Sciences and Engi-
neering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) and the German Research Foundation (DFG). Interner Linkmore

Tim Kodalle

„Been in America“

Physicist Tim Kodalle is currently at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBL) in California on a Walter Benjamin Fellowship provided by the DFG, where he is working on optimizing solar cells in Carolin Sutter-Fella’s group. Interner Linkmore

50th anniversary of the STC

The virtual meeting of the German-Canadian Commission for STC took place on 6 May 2021. The STC’s 50th anniversary was celebrated festively at the subsequent virtual launch event on 7 May. 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