Information for Researchers, No. 15 | February 28, 2024

Korean-German Funding Programme for Joint Workshops and Research Visits

The Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) and the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) are pleased to announce a call for proposals for Korean-German joint workshops and research visits. Proposals must be submitted not later than 17 April 2024.

This initiative aims to bring together relevant and competitive researchers from Germany and South Korea to establish collaborative scientific relationships and prepare joint projects. Funding is available for the following collaborative measures:

  • exploratory workshops;
  • research visits (max. three months).

Both components can be combined if they are in close temporal relation and if this promotes the particularly effective preparation of a joint project. All individual collaborative measures must be carried out within a maximum period of 12 months.

Researchers in early career phases holding a doctoral degree are strongly encouraged to participate in the above-mentioned activities.

Each national funding organisation will cover the costs for travel and accommodation of the researchers based in the respective country. Organisational costs for workshops and for workshop participants from third countries are covered by the funding organisation of the host country. Funding is only available for projects that involve a convincing collaboration between German and Korean partners and for which the anticipated research benefit is clearly outlined. 

Proposals must be submitted to both organisations in accordance with the proposal preparation requirements of both sides, respectively. Applicants from Korea submit their documents to the NRF, applicants from Germany to the DFG. Applicants to be funded by the DFG are requested to fulfil the eligibility requirements of the DFG Initiation of International Collaboration programme and use the corresponding proposal form “Guidelines Initiation of International Collaboration Programme” (DFG form 1.813; see link below). The components “exploratory workshops” and “project-related trips abroad” can be funded. Please note that the component “project-related guest visits“ cannot be funded since costs for travel and accommodation of researchers based in Korea, who are visiting partners in Germany, are covered by the NRF.

For applicants to be funded by the DFG, the “Duty to Cooperate” within Germany for members of non-university institutions with permanent positions applies. All documents must be written in English and must be submitted by 17 April 2024. Proposals arriving late and/or those not fulfilling the national requirements will not be considered. For first-time users of the DFG’s electronic proposal processing system “elan”, registration is required prior to 3 April 2024.

Applicants to be funded by the DFG must upload their proposal via elan, following the DFG’s guidelines. After logging in, please go to “Proposal Submission” – “New Project” – “Initiation of International Collaboration Programme”. In the field “Proposal for an Initiation of International Collaboration”, click the button “Start online form” – “Continue”. There, you will find a list of “Calls for Proposals”. Please select “NRF-DFG-Call-2024” to tag your proposal for this specific call. 

All proposals will be reviewed by both organisations separately. The results of the review process will be shared between the agencies. Support will be granted for proposals for which both DFG and NRF recommend funding. 

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, types of universities and research institutions, and with disabilities or chronic illness.

Please note the DFG’s data protection notice on research funding (see link below: privacy policy). If necessary, please also forward this information to those persons whose data the DFG processes because they are involved in your project.

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 Initiation of International Collaboration Programme with Proposal Preparation Instructions“ (DFG form 1.813) at:

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

Further information on elan:

Further information on the DFGs privacy policy:

For researchers in Germany: 

Detailed information about the collaboration between DFG and NRF can be obtained at the DFG Head Office, Bonn:

For researchers in Korea: