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Information for Researchers No. 40 | 29 July 2014
U.S.-German Collaboration in Natural and Engineering Sciences between NSF and DFG: Pre-announcement

Connecting NSF’s Partnerships for International Research and Education (PIRE) Programme and DFG’s Research Training Groups (RTG) Programme

The National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) are pleased to announce their cooperation in funding international research and training programmes. To support German-U.S. research and training projects, NSF and DFG have agreed to align application and funding processes within NSF’s Partnerships for International Research and Education (PIRE) programme and DFG’s Research Training Groups (RTG) programme. Both programmes utilise systematic international cooperation for tackling scientific challenges and as a framework for training the next generation of researchers.

In the 2014 solicitation, published by NSF on 21 July 2014, new PIRE initiatives may cooperate with an existing Research Training Group or International Research Training Group (RTG/IRTG) already funded by DFG. A list of all funded Research Training Groups can be found at the DFG’s homepage (link see below “Further information”).

The German partners can apply for complementary funding from the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft through a supplemental proposal process (“Zusatzantrag”). Funding through this scheme can be provided for research exchange, joint training activities and coordinative measures.

Prerequisite for submission of a supplemental proposal to DFG will be a positive evaluation of the PIRE pre-proposal and a full proposal invitation by NSF. RTG/IRTG supplemental proposals and PIRE full proposals will be evaluated in parallel by both organisations, and DFG funding will be contingent on a positive decision by NSF. Funding for the German partners will be awarded in accordance with the policies of the DFG. The funding duration is limited to the duration of the current RTG/IRTG funding period.

For the U.S.-based PI’s, the regular submission deadlines for the PIRE programme apply as described in the NSF solicitation. Supplemental proposals for DFG can be submitted any time after NSF has issued invitations for full proposals, however they should be submitted no later than 1 May 2015.

DFG and NSF plan to work together through at least the next round of the PIRE solicitation, which is currently planned for 2016. In that solicitation, DFG will also allow new IRTG proposals to partner with PIRE proposals. For additional information on this as well as any other questions, please contact the DFG Programme Director listed at the end of this solicitation.

Further information

A list of all funded Research Training Groups can be found via the following link:

The current PIRE solicitation has been published on NSF’s website:

Guidelines for supplemental proposals to DFG will be published in October 2014.

Contact person at the DFG:

Contact person at the NSF: