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NSERC and DFG celebrate 10th anniversary of partnership

Partners commit to creating new opportunities for joint research projects

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July 15, 2021

The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) is pleased to announce the renewal of its international training partnership with the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft or DFG).

Since 2011, NSERC and DFG have supported a bilateral training program and exchange of students between Germany and Canada. NSERC’s Collaborative Research and Training Experience (CREATE) and DFG’s International Research Training Groups (IRTG) provide an enriched training and mentoring experience through international mobility, development of professional capacities and technical skills to improve job readiness in diverse careers paths for students and postdoctoral fellows.

To date, there have been six successful German-Canadian joint training initiatives, supporting over 200 Canadian trainees from 10 Canadian universities, collaborating with partners in Germany to produce over 450 publications. More information on this opportunity can be found in the CREATE program description.

In renewing their partnership, NSERC and DFG have agreed to expand the scope of their collaboration to fund joint research projects, underpinned by a streamlined application and review process. Further details will be provided in the months ahead.

This renewed NSERC-DFG partnership is one of many science and technology initiatives being celebrated as part of the campaign that marks the 50th Anniversary of the signature of the agreement between the Government of Canada and the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany on Scientific and Technical Cooperation.


“The CREATE-IRTG partnership is a great example of the close ties between Canadian and German researchers in the natural sciences and engineering. NSERC is committed to facilitating world-class training for students and postdoctoral fellows, and looks forward to providing continued support for Canada-Germany research collaborations with DFG.”
- Dr. Alejandro Adem, President, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada

“Looking back over the past ten years, the CREATE-IRTG partnership has proven to be highly reliable and successful. It has not only fostered productive German-Canadian research and training collaborations, but also led to lasting transatlantic friendships. The DFG is committed to funding excellent research and is dedicated to supporting early career researchers on their path to early scientific independence. We very much look forward to our continuous and thriving partnership with NSERC.”
- Dr. Katja Becker, President, Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft

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