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Information for Researchers No. 43 | 25 October 2013
Submission Deadline Change: Bilateral DFG/NSF Proposals – Collaborative Research in the Chemical Sciences

Extended Deadline due to the United States Federal Government Shutdown

The National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation), which are counterpart national funding organisations in the U.S. and Germany, respectively, seek to further enhance opportunities for collaborative activities in chemistry between U.S. and German investigators. Accepted are new collaborative research proposals and renewal proposals between chemists from the U.S. and Germany. Projects must have clear relevance to areas supported by both NSF and DFG Divisions of Chemistry. The duration of the projects should be three years. This unsolicited call does not include the fields of process engineering and materials related chemistry.

Please note: No additional funds are available for support of these projects. All proposals will compete with other unsolicited proposals received by the NSF and DFG Divisions of Chemistry. Following a joint review process the NSF and the DFG will make joint funding decisions.

This call is only suitable for projects with a high degree of interaction between the German and U.S. investigators. Proposals with only loose German/U.S. cooperation, minor exchange of scientific personnel and funding only for the German partner can be sent to DFG at any time within the Individual Grants Programme (Einzelförderung).

All joint proposals must be submitted by the U.S. partner in the usual manner to FastLane and within the windows for submission of “Unsolicited CHE Proposals” (between September 1 and October 31, 2013).
Please note: Due to the United States federal government shutdown the October submission window has been extended to November 15, 2013!

Specific instructions for German PIs

Applicants to be funded by the DFG are requested to fulfill the eligibility requirements of DFG Research Grants, see the corresponding guidelines of the Research Grants Programme, DFG form 50.01. This includes the “Kooperationspflicht” within Germany for members of non-university institutions with permanent positions.

Proposals within this call have to be submitted to the electronic proposal processing system (elan). After your log-in please use the respective link “Proposal for a Research Grant” in the Proposal Forms column. Please select the relevant announcement “DFG/NSF – Unsolicited Proposals in Chemistry 2013”.

A proposal consists of the following parts:

  • proposal data and obligations (only to be filled by the German applicants on elan)

  • project description (replaced by an electronic copy of the joint proposal as submitted to FastLane) and an appendix which contains the CV(s) of the German PI(s), description of resources (up to one page), list of current and pending grants, and the DFG budget request including justification for software, consumables and instrumentation, and quotes for instrumentation. The appendix should be submitted to the DFG, and sent to the US PI who will upload it into the NSF proposal as a supplementary document.

Further Information

For further details please refer to the website of the NSF:

For the proposal please follow the “Guidelines Research Grants Programme“ (form 50.01) and the ”Proposal Preparation Instructions – Project Proposals” (form 54.01) under:

General information for German PIs on Research Grants can be found at:

Contact information for U.S. applicants:

  • National Science Foundation
    4201 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22230, USA
    Dr. Zeev Rosenzweig
    Division of Chemistry
    Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences
    phone +1 703 292-4956
    Link auf E-Mailzrosenzw@nsf.gov

Contact information for German applicants:

  • Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft
    Kennedyallee 40, 53175 Bonn, Germany
    Dr. Markus Behnke
    Division of Chemistry and Process Engineering
    phone: +49 228 885-2181
    Link auf E-Mailmarkus.behnke@dfg.de