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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.

SGC’s Rapid Response Funding Call for Bilateral Collaborative Proposals Between China and Germany in COVID-19 Related Research

The Sino-German Center for Research Promotion (SGC), as an international research funding organization jointly set up by NSFC and DFG to promote China-Germany scientific collaboration as its core mission, is issuing a rapid response funding call for bilateral collaborative proposals jointly submitted by Chinese and German applicants in COVID-19 related research. Deadline: 7 July, 2020.

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.