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Information für die Wissenschaft Nr. 86 | 27. November 2018
Pre-Announcement: Next Calls for Proposals on Joint Sino-German Research Projects Coming up in 2019

The Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) and the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) continue their initiative to support joint Sino-German research projects. With a total number of 397 proposals submitted at both partner organisations, the 2018 call of this initiative, aiming to bring together relevant and competitive researchers from Germany and China to design and carry out jointly organised research projects of outstanding scientific quality, attracted again a great deal of interest. The peer review process will soon be completed and the results will be announced in December 2018.

In view of the constantly high numbers of proposals NSFC and DFG have agreed to organise this initiative from now on in two consecutive calls. The first call for proposals in the fields of chemistry, life sciences, medical sciences and management sciences will be launched in January 2019, with a deadline on 27 March 2019. The collaborative projects selected to take part in the initiative may start at the beginning of 2020. The second call, dedicated to the fields of engineering sciences, geosciences, information sciences, mathematics and physics, will be launched at the end of 2019 with a deadline in March 2020. The successful collaborative projects of this call may start at the beginning of 2021.

Projects will receive research funding for a period of three years. It is important to note that there are no special funds available for these efforts, proposals must succeed on the strengths of their intellectual merit and teams in competition with all other proposals in the funding scheme “Sachbeihilfe/Research Grants”.

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). Please note that this also includes the obligation to cooperate for scientists working at non-university research institutes in Germany. 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. 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 PI on Research Grants:

Contact information for Germany:

For questions concerning joint Sino-German research projects:

Contact information for China:


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