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Information for Researchers No. 68 | 20 October 2016
Pre-announcement for Open-topic Call on Joint Sino-German Research Projects

The Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) and the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) will launch their open-topic call for proposals on joint Sino-German research projects on 2 January 2017. The programme succeeds the former joint research projects funded by the Sino-German Center for Research Promotion.

This initiative aims to bring together relevant and competitive researchers from Germany and China to design and carry out jointly organised research projects. It will be open to joint projects in all fields of the natural, life, management and engineering sciences. Within a research project, contributions from Germany and China should be roughly balanced.

All applicants of a bilateral collaborative project within this call must submit their joint application to the respective national funding bodies (DFG and NSFC). All documents must be written in English. The submission deadline will be 6 April 2017. The assessment of the proposals will be based on a peer review process; it will be completed by the end of 2017. The collaborative projects selected to take part in the initiative may start at the beginning of 2018. They will receive research funding for a period of up to three years.

Applicants to be funded by the DFG are requested to fulfil the eligibility requirements of DFG Research Grants, see the corresponding guidelines of the Research Grants Programme (DFG form 50.01). Note, however, that the obligation to cooperate for scientists working at non-university research institutes in Germany is ineffective for this call; scientists working at non-university research institutes in Germany are eligible to apply. As part of the proposal, applicants from Germany may submit one or more of the modules outlined in the DFG guidelines for the Research Grants Programme (DFG form 50.01). Proposals to DFG within this call have to be prepared according to the Proposal Preparation Instructions (DFG form 54.01), and have to be submitted to the electronic proposal processing system (elan).

Applicants from China are kindly requested to conform to all the requirements listed in the Chinese call for proposals that will be published on the NSFC website.

Further Information

The DFG forms “Guidelines Research Grants Programme“ (50.01) and “Proposal
Preparation Instructions – Project Proposals” (54.01) can be found at:

General information for German PIs on Research Grants:

Contact information for Germany:

Questions concerning joint Sino-German research projects may be addressed to:

Questions concerning general issues of international cooperation and strategic issues
of Sino-German cooperation may be addressed to:

Contact information for China:

For the initiation of collaborations between Germany and China through joint
symposia, joint workshops, cooperation groups, research visits and further funding
programmes, please refer to the Sino-German Center for Research Promotion:

Contact information for researchers in Germany:

Contact information for researchers in China:


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