The Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) and the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) are continuing their long-standing collaboration in the field of joint Sino-German research projects.
This initiative aims to bring together relevant and competitive researchers from Germany and China to design and carry out jointly organised research projects of outstanding scientific quality. Funding within this initiative will be available for collaborative research projects consisting of researchers from both partner countries. Within these research teams, each national funding organisation will generally only fund those project components that are carried out within its own country. The collaborative research projects must involve active communication and cooperation between the participating researchers.
It is important to note that there are no separate 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 programme “Sachbeihilfe/Research Grants”.
The collaborative projects selected to take part in the initiative will receive research funding for a period of up to three years.
The objectives of the initiative are:
- to fund research projects of outstanding quality in the participating countries
- to stimulate the mobility of researchers between the participating countries
- to promote the training of researchers
- to accelerate the exchange of new scientific knowledge among researchers and between researchers and other interested groups
The present initiative is open to joint research projects in the fields of chemistry, life sciences, medical sciences and management sciences. A further call for proposals, 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.