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Joint Proposal Submission with Austria and Switzerland (D-A-CH)

Agreements exist between the DFG and its partner organisations FWF (Austrian Science Fund) and SNF (Swiss National Science Foundation) regarding a mutual opening of the respective funding procedures (Lead Agency Process) to facilitate the implementation of cross-border research projects. From 1 January 2021 this will be the Weave Lead Agency Process in connection with individual funding (research grants), while the D-A-CH Lead Agency Process will continue to apply in connection with coordinated programmes.

For details of the Weave Lead Agency Process, please refer to the relevant DFG website (see below for further information).

The following only concerns the D-A-CH Lead Agency Process in connection with the DFG’s coordinated programmes. Under the FWF programme structure, the D-A-CH Lead Agency Process can also be applied to special research areas. Please contact the FWF for details.

Information about the Programme

Purpose

Implementation of a research project that is limited in terms of topic and schedule under the coordinated programmes "Research Groups" or “Priority Programmes” with partners from Switzerland and/or Austria.

Eligibility Requirements

Researchers of all disciplines from German research institutions who have completed research training (usually a doctorate) and their partners from Switzerland and/or Austria, who must be eligible to apply to the respective funding organisation in their country for funding.

Not eligible: Members of organisations that are dedicated solely to commercial purposes; members of organisations that are not permitted to publish their results in a publicly accessible form.

Proposal Requirements

The projects must compete with proposals submitted nationally. Research projects must therefore feature a high degree of scientific quality and originality at an internationally competitive level.

The lead agency is always the DFG. Funding for these D-A-CH projects is always provided separately by the respective nationally responsible funding organisation.

Type and Extent of Funding

The type and extent of funding for the German component of a project is based on the rules for Research Groups and Priority Programmes.

Funding Duration

Project-specific (usually several years)

Forms and Guidelines

For details of how to apply to the FWF and SNF, please see the website (see below for more information).

Proposal Deadlines

  • New proposal: no deadline for submission
  • Renewal proposal: no later than 6 months before the approved funds have been used

In addition, the proposal deadlines of the partner organisations must be observed.

Contact

The relevant department at DFG Head Office will be more than happy to provide you with details of how to submit a proposal.

Proposal Submission for Research Groups and under the Priority Programme:

Proposal Submission for Collaborative Research Centres:

Technical questions: