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Information for Researchers No. 48 | 14 August 2013
German-African Collaborations in Infectiology

5th Call for Draft Proposals

The Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) is once again issuing a call for proposals for joint research projects between scientists in Germany and Africa investigating infectious diseases and their social implications.

The scope of the call includes

  • The investigation of neglected infectious diseases in humans and animals and associated research in social science.

  • The establishment or strengthening of mutually beneficial equal partnerships that allow researchers in Africa to investigate topics of local significance and that open up research opportunities in Africa to scientists in Germany in the long term.

  • Another main objective is to promote and support the academic and professional careers of young researchers in Africa in their home countries in order to contribute to building research capacities in Africa.

  • As a stronger research network in Africa would also be desirable, it is possible to incorporate several partners in Africa in one project.

Institutional collaboration with strong international research centres in Africa is often required to facilitate the planning and implementation of such projects. Therefore, African project partners can be based at these institutions.

This programme primarily targets researchers in human and veterinary medicine as well as in related areas of social science to apply for funding to investigate neglected diseases. Projects on AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis research, which are already heavily funded by international programmes, will only constitute a minor proportion of the funded projects.

The call excludes

  • funding for infrastructure (however, it is possible to request funds for additional project-related equipment)

  • funding for clinical studies

  • the development of diagnostic procedures

  • the search for novel pharmacological substances without primarily investigating their mechanisms of action

  • projects focussing on product development


The partner in Germany is responsible for submitting the proposal. He/she must be integrated into the German research system and assume responsibility for the project. Funding for the partner/s in Africa should be requested within full proposals, which are submitted at a later date. The standard DFG eligibility requirements apply to the partner in Germany. For researchers at non-university research institutions, the rules on the duty to cooperate apply. Additional information can be found in the current version of the Guidelines – Research Grants Programme (DFG form 50.01). Submissions exclusively by scientists not integrated into the German research system cannot be accepted for legal reasons. At least one partner must be a researcher working in Germany.

Draft format

Project proposals should initially be submitted as drafts (max. 5 pages per proposal, plus curricula vitae of up to 2 pages and a listing of max. 5 publications per project participant). Drafts must include

  • a scientific description of the project

  • a cooperation strategy

  • a strategy for training early career researchers at the African location

  • a brief description of the facilities available to the African project partner

A detailed breakdown of expected costs is not necessary at this stage.

Draft proposals must be written in English and submitted by the project partners in Germany. Project partners in Africa cannot submit independent proposals to this programme. The partners in Africa and Germany together form a working group and funding is distributed to each partner according to the project requirements. Proposals should initially assume a project duration of three years; renewal proposals may be submitted in accordance with the standard DFG procedures.

As the objective of this call is to contribute to the long-term strengthening of research capacity in Africa, the partner in Africa should receive the larger proportion of the funds.


Draft proposals are initially evaluated by an international review panel. The partners in Germany are then notified of the panel’s decision.

Projects receiving funding from previous calls will be invited to submit renewal proposals at a later date; therefore, draft proposals concerning current projects should not be submitted at this time.


Draft proposals must be submitted electronically (per e-mail attachment with the "read receipt" option activated) to infectiology@dfg.de by 13 January 2014.

Further Information

Enquiries to this programme should be sent in writing to the following address: Link auf E-Mailinfectiology@dfg.de. Enquiries to other addresses cannot be processed.

Contact for scientific queries:

  • Dr. Andreas Strecker,
    Tel. +49 228 885-2530

Contact for questions on international cooperation:

  • Christoph Mühlberg,
    Tel. +49 228 885-2347

The form “Guidelines – Research Grant Programmes” (DFG form no. 50.01) can be downloaded under: