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NSERC and DFG strengthen partnership

New joint call for proposals on sustainable processes and chemistry to be launched

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August 22, 2022

Canada-Germany cooperation on science and research was highlighted as part of the first state visit of German Chancellor Olaf Scholz to Canada, hosted by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau from August 21 to 23, 2022.  Last year, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) and the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft or DFG) renewed their decade long partnership, agreeing to expand the scope of their collaboration to support joint research projects, underpinned by a streamlined application and review process. NSERC and DFG are pleased to announce the imminent launch of an NSERC-DFG joint call for proposals on sustainable processes and chemistry. The upcoming joint call will be the first between NSERC and DFG to accept a single collaborative proposal from research teams in Canada and Germany. Additional information will be made available in the coming weeks.

NSERC and DFG have also had a long-standing partnership supporting a successful bilateral training program and exchange of students between Germany and Canada through NSERC’s Collaborative Research and Training Experience (CREATE) and DFG’s International Research Training Groups (IRTG). In 2022, a new training group on Scalable 2D-Materials Architectures was funded to support research teams at the University of Waterloo and Universität Duisburg-Essen.

These partnerships between NSERC and DFG contribute to the strong network of research collaborations between the two countries. Canada and Germany will continue to explore further research collaborations to support joint research projects on various emerging areas such as quantum technologies. 

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