The Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) - German Research Foundation is the central self-governing research funding organisation in Germany. It serves all branches of science and the humanities by funding research projects at universities and research institutions. The DFG promotes excellence by selecting the best research projects on a competitive basis and actively encourages international research cooperation. It is particularly dedicated to the promotion of young researchers and to gender equality in science and academia. It also advises legislatures and government agencies on scientific matters.
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 2 billion euros (around 14,000 crore INR ) is underwritten by Germany’s federal (65%)and state governments (34%) as well as the EU and private donors.
DFG India Office
The DFG India Office in Delhi was established in November 2006, along with a branch office in Hyderabad at the Goethe Zentrum. This is the 5th liaison office; the others being in Washington, New York, Moscow, Tokyo and the Sino-German Center for Research Promotion in Beijing. DFG India office also fosters international collaboration, mobility of researchers, and the internationalisation of German universities through
- Information and Research Services: Will provide information to the scientific and academic communities funding possibilities for bilateral cooperation between India and Germany.
- Promotion of Young Researchers: Funding outstanding young researchers from India and Germany within bilateral research projects and bilateral research training groups.
- Create Visibility: 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, organize scientific meetings in India and Germany and creating framework conditions that will lead to a sustainable impact on joint research projects between German and Indian researchers.
- Institutional Cooperation: Within the framework of the existing Memorandum of Understanding and Agreements between the DFG and the Indian organizations – Indian National Science Academy (INSA), New Delhi; Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India, New Delhi; and University Grants Commission (UGC), New Delhi – implement various research projects under bilateral mode of funding