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Information for Researchers No. 88 | 11 December 2019
Taiwan-German Collaboration in Research

DFG regular funding programmes for cooperation with the Ministry of Science and Technology of Taiwan (MoST)

The Ministry of Science and Technology of Taiwan (MoST) has launched a new call for proposals in all fields of science in December 2019. The submission deadline in Taiwan will be 18 February 2020. In accordance with the full proposal target date of MoST, proposals at Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) should be submitted not later than 18 February 2020.

This initiative aims to bring together relevant and competitive researchers from Germany and Taiwan to design and carry out collaborative research projects. Within these research teams, each national funding organisation will fund as a rule only those project components that are carried out within its own country. Funds to be used by the Taiwanese side must be requested from MoST; funds to be used by the German side must be requested from DFG. Special attention is given to the integrated character of proposed projects, from the concept to the work plan. Funding is only available for projects which involve a convincing collaboration between the German and Taiwanese partners and for which the anticipated research benefit is clearly outlined. The collaborative projects selected will receive research funding for a period of up to three years.

Proposals must be submitted to both organisations in accordance with the proposal preparation requirements of both sides, respectively. 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). This includes the “Duty to Cooperate” within Germany for members of non-university institutions with permanent positions. German applicants are requested to upload their proposal via elan, the DFG’s electronic proposal processing system, following the DFG’s guidelines.

For submission via the DFG elan system German partners should select under “Call for Proposals” the call “MOST-DFG-Call 2020”. In the elan system please go to “Proposal Submission” – “New Project” – “Individual Grants Programme”. In the field “Proposal for a Research Grant” click the button “Start online form” – “Continue”. There you will find the 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 those proposals where both DFG and MoST recommend funding. Please note that at DFG there are no separate funds available for these efforts, proposals must succeed on the strengths of their intellectual merit and teams.

An applicant’s personal data contained in a proposal submitted by the applicant’s institution/organisation will be transferred, if necessary, to the Ministry of Science and Technology of Taiwan (MoST). Note that their base or place of data processing is not located in a member state of the European Union or in another state party to the Agreement on the European Economic Area. This information is transferred as part of the decision-making process on the proposal. Before transferring this data the DFG ensures that MoST-Taiwan have an adequate level of data protection in place through sufficient guarantees. For this purpose, the DFG concludes standard data protection clauses as adopted by the European Commission (Art. 46 (2) (c) GDPR) with MoST-Taiwan. A copy of the agreed “Standard contractual clauses for the transfer of personal data from the Community to third countries (transfer between parties responsible for data processing)” can be sent on request by contacting the DFG Head Office in Bonn.

Further Information

For researchers in Germany:

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

To submit a proposal to the DFG, please follow the “Guidelines for the Research Grants Programme“ (form 50.01) and the ”Proposal Preparation Instructions – Project Proposals” (form 54.01) at:

General information for German PI on Research Grants:

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

Further information on elan:

For researchers in Taiwan:


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