German Research Foundation (DFG)

Many German and Israeli partners are involved in research projects funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG). In addition, the DFG also implements the German-Israeli Project Cooperation programme (DIP).

As a central, self-governing organisation of science in Germany, the German Research Foundation (DFG) particularly supports tertiary research in all disciplines. It finances research projects and stimulates researchers to cooperate. In addition, the DFG advises parliaments and public authorities on scientific issues and cultivates contacts between research, trade and industry and foreign scientific activities. The DFG also represents research interests on an international level and maintains bilateral scientific relations with many countries. The DFG specifically focuses on young scientists. Its encouragement of single projects is the basis of its overall concept. Beyond this, it stimulates scientific cooperations (collaborative research centres, research centres, graduate programmes, priority programmes, and research teams) and research infrastructures, e.g. provides or modernises required large scientific equipment and instruments. Another promotional area is the academic library system, which includes developing new information structures at tertiary institutions.

The scientific collaboration between the DFG and Israel goes back to the 1960s.

There has been an agreement on scientific collaboration with the Israel Academy of Science and the Humanities (ISAH) since 1993. The DFG is collaborating with the Israel Science Foundation (ISF), which has been independent since 1995 and whose objectives are comparable with its own. In 1995, the DGF was the first German organisation to start encouraging trilateral cooperation projects between German, Israeli, and Palestinian scientists in a separate programme.

By the end of 2014, 88 trilateral projects had been funded in this programme (total amount of funding: EUR 66.5 million). In 2015, the different funding lines were merged under the programme 'Middle East Cooperation'. Within this framework, the DFG supports German-Israeli cooperation projects (bilateral projects) which may also involve other researchers from Palestine or Israel’s neighbouring countries (Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria) (trilateral projects). In addition, Israeli scientists participate in research groups, priority programmes (e.g. in the humanities 'Jewish Cultural Heritage' 2021-2024) and collaborative research centres.

The DFG has administered the German-Israeli Project Cooperation programme (DIP), which is one of the most important pillars of bilateral collaboration and which the Ministery of Education and Research (BMBF) has been financing since 2008.

Further information about sponsored projects is accessible through the DFG's information system GEPRIS. Use the 'advanced search' and enter 'international' as your search term.