Collaborative Projects

Funding Opportunities for German and North American Collaborations

Trans-Atlantic Platform launches new initiative on "Big Data"

The Trans-Atlantic Platform (T-AP), of which the German Research Foundation (DFG) is a member, is launching its 2016 Digging into Data Challenge to support research projects that use "big data" approaches to address questions in the humanities and the social sciences.

The funding opportunity is open to international projects that consist of teams from at least three member countries and must include partners from both sides of the Atlantic. All projects must address particular research questions in humanities and/or social sciences disciplines by using large-scale, digital data analysis techniques, and show how these techniques can lead to new theoretical insights. In the context of the Challenge, “big data” refers to sets of data so large or complex that manual, non-automatic processing approaches are inadequate. The data sets to be used within the Challenge can include texts, images, music, photographs, audio or audiovisual or other data. Research partners will receive funding from their own national funding agencies for projects that can last for up to 36 months.

The deadline for final applications is 29 June 2016. Learn more about the competition and the application process at

DFG and NSF Opportunity for Collaborations in Gravitational Physics (NSF 15-033)

International collaborations are invited to submit proposals in the areas described in the Gravitational Physics programs. These proposals will be reviewed in competition with other proposals received in the same submission window by one of the agencies which will serve as the lead agency. It is important to note that there are no separate funds available for these efforts through the Physics Division; proposals must compete with all other proposals within the program and must succeed on the strengths of their intellectual merit and broader impact.  More

Integrative Strategies for Understanding Neural and Cognitive Systems  (NSF-NCS)

This solicitation describes the first phase of a new NSF program to support transformative and integrative research that will accelerate understanding of neural and cognitive systems. NSF seeks exceptional proposals that are bold, potentially risky, and transcend the perspectives and approaches typical of disciplinary research programs. This program is one element of NSF’s participation in the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative. For FY 2015, this competition is organized around two research themes: Neuroengineering and Brain-Inspired Concepts and Designs and Individuality and Variation. More


Biomedical Big Data Grants

This month, the US Government  and the National Institutes of Health have awarded a total of $ 32 million in new grants for the Big Data Research and Development Initiative. The Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) initiative supports open educational resources since April 2013. BD2K is a joint effort of all NIH Institutes and Centers as well as the NIH Common Fund, coordinated by the newly established NIH Office of the Associate Director for Data Science (ADDS). More 


Funding for Joint Research Collaborations (supports both sides of collaboration)
Funding for international study and training partnerships, integrated international degree programs with a joint/double degree, study trips and internships. More

DFG (support for the German side of the collaboration)

Initiation and Intensification of Bilateral Cooperation
The DFG supports cooperation with international partners in all of its funding programmes and with a multitude of instruments. In general, it is possible to apply for the funds needed for cooperation, in addition to the project funding itself, regardless of the specific type of project funding involved. More

International Research Training Groups
International Research Training Groups provide opportunities for joint doctoral training programmes between German universities and universities abroad. The research and study programmes are jointly developed and supervised. Doctoral students in the programme complete a six-month research stay at the respective partner institution. More

NSF (support for the US side of the collaboration)

Catalyzing New International Collaborations
CNIC awards support short international planning visits by US-based researchers or small workshops that are expected to result in submission of follow-on full research proposal(s) to NSF. More

International Materials Institutes

The National Science Foundation supports International Materials Institutes (IMIs) in order to enhance international collaboration between U.S. researchers and educators and their counterparts worldwide. These Institutes advance fundamental materials research by coordinating international research and education projects involving condensed matter and materials physics, solid state and materials chemistry, polymers, metals, ceramics, electronic materials, biomaterials and, in general, the design, synthesis, and characterization of and phenomena in materials to meet global and regional needs. More

International Research Experiences for Students

The International Research Experiences for Students (IRES) program supports development of globally-engaged U.S. science and engineering students capable of performing in an international research environment at the forefront of science and engineering.  The IRES program supports active research participation by students enrolled as undergraduates or graduate students in any of the areas of research funded by the National Science Foundation. More

International Research Network Connections

The International Research Network Connections (IRNC) program supports high performance network connectivity required by international science and engineering research and education collaborations involving the NSF research community. More 

NSF/DFG (support for the respective side of the collaboration)

Collaborative Research in Computational Neuroscience (CRCNS)
Through the CRCNS program, the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung, BMBF), the French National Research Agency (Agence Nationale de la Recherche, ANR), and the United States-Israel Binational Science Foundation (BSF) support collaborative activities that will advance the understanding of nervous system structure and function, mechanisms underlying nervous system disorders, and computational strategies used by the nervous system. More

Institute of International Education
Funding for United State Study 2016

Funding for United States Study features detailed descriptions of grants, fellowships, and scholarships for undergraduate and graduate study, and doctoral and postdoctoral research in the United States. Listings includes grants, fellowships, financial aid, and scholarships available through: U.S. and foreign governments,colleges and universities, educational associations, research centers, libraries, foundations, corporations, and other organizations. More