Information for Researchers, No. 93 | November 2, 2023

Support for Researchers in View of the Terrorist Attacks on Israel and Their Consequences

It is now possible to submit supplemental proposals for DFG-funded projects in the affected region to continue research work / Approved funding can be reallocated

In view of the current situation, the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) is offering targeted support and relief measures to researchers involved in DFG-funded projects which are affected by the Hamas terrorist attacks on Israel and the current situation in the region.

With immediate effect, researchers involved in DFG-funded projects that are being conducted in the affected region or whose work depends on cooperation with partners in the region can submit supplemental proposals to the DFG in order to be able to continue their research under different conditions with as little disruption as possible. Supplemental proposals of up to €20,000 can be submitted informally at short notice by the project leader with appropriate justification and are to be decided on promptly. The DFG Head Office is available for individual consultations in the case of more extensive project adjustments and additional funding requirements.

As a general principle, funding that has already been approved can also be used to ensure the continuation of research work without any further effort. For example, project funds can be used to cover travel expenses so as to be able to conduct research in Germany on a temporary basis. These relief options can be implemented immediately, especially in the larger-scale coordinated programmes such as Collaborative Research Centres, Research Training Groups and Clusters of Excellence, as well as in connection with the German-Israeli Project Cooperation (DIP), but they are generally open to all funded projects.

Further information

Contact at the DFG Head Office:

Research Training Groups are asked to get in touch with the contact person responsible:

Collaborative Research Centres/Transregios and Clusters of Excellence are asked to get in touch with the contact person responsible:

For research grants, including those in coordinated programmes such as Priority Programmes, Research Units, Clinical Research Units and Centres for Advanced Studies in the Humanities and Social Sciences, please get in touch with:

For the programme German-Israeli Project Cooperation (DIP) and information on Israel in general, please get in touch with:

On 12 October 2023, the Alliance of Science Organisations in Germany issued a statement regarding the situation after the Hamas attacks on Israel: