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DFG and JSPS: Japanese-German International Research Training Groups

Submission is possible at any time, applications are processed continuously.

The Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) and the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) are pleased to announce the renewal of an agreement for a joint funding scheme to support Japanese-German International Research Training Groups.

International Research Training Groups (IRTG), in which German universities cooperate with research institutions in other countries, combine innovative top-level research and the structured promotion of excellent early career researchers.

Structure of Japanese-German Research Training Groups

Applications for Japanese-German IRTG intended for JSPS-DFG funding are open to all subject areas covered by JSPS, and interdisciplinarity in joint projects is encouraged. An IRTG should be run by two teams of participating researchers in Japan and Germany, respectively. Each team of participating researchers in an IRTG should be based at a single institution in Japan and Germany, respectively. In convincingly justified cases, an IRTG may be based in more than two institutions.

The Japanese and German teams in an IRTG should jointly formulate a high quality and coherent research and training programme to be implemented at both sites. Applications are submitted by the host institutions. 
The programme should provide for regular exchanges of academic staff and doctoral students for the purposes of joint research and training. Doctoral students should spend a period of six months to a year in total during their PhD project at the respective partner institution for research and training. On the German side, approximately ten to fifteen doctoral researchers will be funded by DFG within a single IRTG in parallel.

Applications shall only be open to such consortia that establish a novel joint degree or double degree programme for the doctoral researchers between the two institutions in the framework of the IRTG.

Application and Evaluation of Proposals

The Japanese-German consortium will firstly need to submit a joint IRTG draft proposal simultaneously to DFG and JSPS. Submission will be possible at any time without calls or deadlines, and applications are processed continuously. Draft proposals will be evaluated by written peer review. On average, around six to nine months are needed for this process. In case of a positive outcome of the review process, JSPS and DFG then invite the consortium to submit a joint full proposal.

Potential applicants are asked to contact the respective coordinator in the central administration early on (Division II, Unit 2 – Research support): Dr. Caroline Gabriel for the natural sciences and medicine (caroline.gabrielspam prevention@uni-tuebingen.de) and Dr. Sonja Großmann for the humanities and social sciences (sonja.grossmannspam prevention@uni-tuebingen.de).

Preparatory Workshops

For new Japanese-German IRTG initiatives, DFG provides for the possibility to support a workshop for the preparation of an IRTG proposal, if research cooperation is already established and plans for the IRTG have been consolidated. The workshop funding may either be applied for prior to the draft proposal submission, or – after positive evaluation of the draft proposal – prior to submission of the full proposal.

Further Information

Comprehensive information about Research Training Groups is available on the DFG website: www.dfg.de/gk/en 

The “Guidelines for Research Training Groups and International Research Training Groups” provide a concise overview of the funding programme: www.dfg.de/formulare/50_07 

For more information, please see