German Research Foundation (DFG)

The German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, DFG) is the self-governing body of the research community in Germany. As such, it is also a research funding agency - in fact, it is Europe's largest funding agency for fundamental research. DFG serves all branches of science and the humanities and operates in a bottom-up manner: in almost all of its funding lines, there are no deadlines and no thematic priorities. DFG promotes excellence by selecting the best research projects on a competitive basis. DFG actively encourages international research cooperation, promotes young researchers and fosters gender equality in science and academia. In these and other matters, DFG also advises legislatures and government agencies.

To further internationalise the German research landscape and to facilitate cooperation between the world’s top researchers, the DFG is active across Europe and all over the world. These activities range from fostering collaboration and networking among researchers, through offering programmes specifically designed to promote international cooperation, to opening up traditional programmes to worldwide cooperation.

In organisational terms, the DFG is an association under private law. Its members are German universities, research institutions, such as the Max Planck Society, the Fraunhofer Society, and the Leibniz Association, scientific associations, and the academies of science. The DFG’s annual budget of over 3 billion euros (around 23,000 crore INR ) is underwritten by Germany’s federal (65%) and state governments (34%) (with some income from private donors).

DFG India Office

The DFG India Office in Delhi was established in November 2006. It is one of six liaison offices in the world, the others being located in Washington (with a branch in New York), Moscow, Tokyo, Sao Paulo and the Sino-German Center for Research Promotion in Beijing. DFG India Office fosters international collaboration, mobility of researchers, and the internationalisation of German universities through

  • Information and Research Services: We provide information to the scientific and academic communities funding possibilities for bilateral cooperation between India and Germany.
  • Establishing funding opportunities for teams of Indian and German researchers, in cooperation with a number of partner agencies such as DST, DBT, INSA and others
  • Creating Visibility: We take steps to make Indo-German research cooperation and its potential more visible, both in India and in Germany.
  • Initiating and Intensifying Cooperation: Within the existing funding programmes, we help organize scientific meetings in India and Germany and request funds for travel between Germany and India in order to set up new joint research projects.

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The scope and significance of the cooperation between German and Indian researchers has increased substantially in the past years. To keep pace with the growing trend it is necessary to increase the awareness of the research environment in the partner countries. The mutual exchange of information on universities, research institutions and funding opportunities will further intensify Indo-German academic and research cooperation.

The DFG Delhi office, along with its branch in Hyderabad, is striving to achieve this. Apart from coordinating and supporting existing projects, the DFG brings together eminent researchers from both countries with each side complementing the other, thereby creating synergy. The DFG Delhi Office is undertaking these tasks jointly with the existing Indian partner institutions - the Department of Science and Technology (DST) and the Indian National Science Academy (INSA).