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In an International Context

The coronavirus pandemic and international research

"Close communication between scientists, governments, the public and businesses, as well as a cooperative, coordinated approach between countries is essential," said DFG President Katja Becker in a press release on 16 March.

Here you will find international approaches, overviews and joint statements.

Peru Offers to Participate in Clinical Trials for Vaccine Research on SARS-COV-2

The Peruvian government has shown a great amount of interest in Germany’s scientific approaches and progress in the current pandemic and has stated via the German Federal Foreign Office that it welcomes the participation of German researchers in clinical trials in the country to develop a vaccine for SARS-COV-2. Peru is an ideal environment as a multi-ethnic country with more than 300,000 infected people. The government stated that it could provide several research teams and the immunising antigens collected in Peru could be used for study findings.

Should German institutes or clinics be interested in cooperating with the Peruvian authorities and including Peruvian patients in clinical trials, the DFG will contact the Peruvian embassy and the German Federal Foreign Office via the Latin America team. The team would also be happy to provide background information on demography, operational capacity for vaccine tests and feasibility. The DFG and HRK keep each other informed about enquiries received in order to provide advice and avoid duplicate requests.

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Funding Opportunities for Indo-German Fundamental Research Projects in the Life Sciences

The Department of Biotechnology (DBT) and the DFG issue a call for synchronised funding of integrated Indo-German cutting-edge fundamental research projects proposing innovative approaches in the academic disciplines covered by DBT, Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India, with a duration of up to three years. The programme addresses all fields of the life sciences, and it is also suitable for Indo-German projects about epidemics or pandemics such as the current SARS-CoV-2 pandemic. Submission of proposals under this open funding opportunity will are welcome now until 28 February 2021.

BMBF Forum “Research in Germany” goes virtual

The DFG is a member of the BMBF initiative “Research in Germany”. This year’s International Research Marketing Forum, taking place from 18-20 May, enables experts from universities, non-university research institutions and associations as well as small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to exchange knowledge and experiences, network and advance their training. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the forum will be held in different virtual formats over the course of three mornings.

Good Scientific Practice Amid the Coronavirus Pandemic – a European Matter

The DFG is a member of the European Network of Research Integrity Offices (ENRIO). The network recently published a paper underlining the importance of continuing good scientific practice during the coronavirus pandemic. The DFG draws particular attention to appropriate quality assurance in the research process. In the network's opinion, scientific integrity is vital to the all-important trust of society in research.

Overview of measures on the GRC website

The Global Research Council (GRC) represents the majority of publicly funded research and research funding organisations worldwide that are not directly supported by governments. The GRC website shows the COVID-19 activities of its members including the activities of the DFG.

Lead agency process in the DFG pandemic call

International funding programmes help international research to thrive. The lead agency process between Germany, Luxembourg, Austria and Switzerland, with the partner organisations the Luxembourg National Research Fund (FNR), the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) and the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF), also applies to the DFG call for multidisciplinary research into epidemics and pandemics.

Joint statement from the DFG and the NSFC

In a joint statement at the beginning of March, the DFG and its Chinese partner organisation the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) underlined the need for worldwide scientific cooperation in the fight to prevent the further spread of the infection.

Current Calls

Relevant calls are posted on the Coronavirus Research page. These include both DFG calls and international funding opportunities.