Information for Researchers, No. 22 | March 21, 2023

German-Jordanian Scientific Collaboration in the Field of Water Nexus

Call for the Initiation of International Collaboration between researchers at German Universities of Applied Sciences and researchers in Jordan

Call for the Initiation of International Collaboration between researchers at German Universities of Applied Sciences and researchers in Jordan

With this call, the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) supports the initiation of international research collaboration between scientists from Jordan and researchers at Universities of Applied Sciences in Germany in the field of water research and connected areas such as food and energy as well as socio-economic aspects.

The initiative particularly focuses on research questions addressing the interconnectivity between water research and the related energy and food sectors. The initiative is also open for the integration of further aspects such as environmental health, societal aspects and information technology into the context of water nexus research.

Aim of the Initiative

The aim of the initiative is for participating researchers to identify joint research interests in the area of the water nexus research and initiate new collaborative ventures.

Structure of the Initiative

The initiative comprises two parts:
(1) The opportunity to submit DFG proposals to support the initiation of international collaborations,
(2) a Status Workshop in Bonn/Germany to convene all researchers funded under this call.

(1) Call for the Initiation of International Collaboration
The Call for the Initiation of International Collaboration serves to establish and facilitate bilateral or multilateral collaborative relationships between researchers from Jordan and Germany. For this purpose, three different modules are available:

  • Trips abroad (max. three months)
  • Guest visits in Germany (max. three months)
  • Exploratory Workshops

The funding remains available for a maximum of 12 months after the approval date, and the individual collaborative measures must be carried out within this time frame.

(2) Status Workshop
A Status Workshop will be organised centrally by the DFG to stimulate scientific interaction among funded project teams and to derive lessons learnt for facilitating German-Jordanian scientific cooperation. In-person participation in the workshop will be limited to applicants from Germany and their project partners from Jordan who receive funding under this call.

Guest visits of the Jordanian cooperation partners should therefore be applied for and planned in such a way that they will be in Germany when the Status Workshop takes place (about 6 months after applicants receive their decision letters). Information about the exact date of the Status Workshop will be shared in due time. Transportation to the Status Workshop within Germany shall not be applied for in the proposal, neither for the cooperation partners nor for the applicants. These costs, as well as accommodation, will be covered by the DFG separately.


Qualified researchers from Jordan and Germany are invited to take part in the initiative (as a rule they should hold a doctorate and have a track record in their respective research field). Applicants from German research institutions are required to fulfil the DFG eligibility requirements.

All proposals must include at least one applicant from Germany and one cooperation partner from Jordan. However, proposals can only be submitted by eligible researchers who work in the German scientific system. Scientists from Jordan act as cooperation partners and can also receive funding.

For further information on the programme, eligibility and instructions for proposal preparation, please refer to the “Guidelines on Proposals for Grants to Support the Initiation of International Collaboration” (DFG form 1.813; see link below).


Proposals must be submitted in English by 31 May 2023.

Proposals can only be submitted by researchers from Germany. Scientists from Jordan act as cooperation partners and can receive DFG funding through their German cooperation partners.

If you are using the DFG’s elan system for the first time, please note that you will need to register before you may use the system. Allow at least one business day to process your registration. If you have not yet registered, please note that you must do so by 24 May 2023 to submit a proposal under this call; registration requests received after this time cannot be considered.

Note that you will be asked to select the appropriate Call “German-Jordanian Collaboration: Water Nexus” during the proposal process.

The DFG strongly welcomes proposals from researchers of all genders and sexual identities, from different ethnic, cultural, religious, ideological or social backgrounds, from different career stages and with disabilities or chronic illness. With regard to the subject-specific focus of this call, the DFG encourages female researchers in particular to submit proposals.


On 30 March 2023 (1:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m.) the DFG invites to a virtual Q&A session, with the purpose of answering questions of potential applicants concerning this call such as the modalities and application process, as well as the programme itself. To participate please register under the link below.

Guidelines for Safeguarding Good Research Practice

Please note that according to a resolution of the DFG General Assembly, as of 1 August 2019, DFG funding may only be awarded to institutions that have implemented the guidelines laid down in the Code of Conduct for Safeguarding Good Research Practice in their own regulations in a legally binding manner.

This means that also for international proposals, funding from the DFG can only be received if the guidelines for safeguarding good research practice have been implemented by the German applicant’s institution. If you have any questions on this subject, please contact the Scientific Integrity team at the DFG Head Office (see contact below). Further information regarding the implementation can be found on the Research Integrity website (see link below).

Further Information

General information for German applicants on the “Initiation of International Collaboration” programme:

To submit a proposal to the DFG, please follow the “Guidelines for the Initiation of International Collaboration Programme“ (form 1.813) at:

The DFG’s electronical portal “elan” can be found at:

Further information on elan:

elan flyer:

elan FAQ:

Link to register for the Consultative Q&A Session on 30 March 2023:

DFG’s data protection notice on research funding:
Please note the DFG’s data protection notice on research funding. If necessary, please also forward this information to those individuals whose data will be processed by the DFG due to their involvement in your project:

Guidelines for Safeguarding Good Research Practice. Code of Conduct:

Information on the implementation of the Guidelines for Safeguarding Good Research Practice. Code of Conduct:

Contact of the DFG´s Scientific Integrity team (Good Research Practice):

Detailed information about the call and DFG collaboration with Jordan, can be obtained at the DFG Head Office, Bonn:

For questions concerning DFG funding of projects in the field of water nexus: