Grants to Support the Initiation of International Collaboration

Funded by

German Research Foundation (DFG):
The DFG supports research in higher education and public research institutions.

In brief

This programme serves to establish collaborative relationships between international partners. Researchers can sound out the opportunities for international collaboration or prepare a concrete joint research project. The programme funds bilateral workshops, trips abroad and guest visits.

Who can apply?

Junior and senior researchers who

  • hold a doctorate
  • are working at a German research institution (in Germany or abroad)
  • can outline the basis for the research benefit of the project as well as the concrete objective and the added value created by the international collaboration

Type and extent of funding

Grant including allowances for partici-pation in bilateral workshops and events in the partner country. Support is provid-ed for visits with daily allowances of 105 to 160 euros or monthly allowances de-pending on academic status; in addition, allowances are also paid for travel abroad.


Maximum of 3 months for trips abroad and guest visits; all activities must take place within 12 months.


Applications can be submitted to the DFG at any time. There is a special online application portal for this purpose. You will find information about the application procedure on the programme website.

Grants to Support the Initiation of International Collaboration: > Initiation of International Collaboration

Information about the application procedure and how to access the application portal: > Proposal - Review - Decision

German Research Foundation (DFG)

German Research Foundation (DFG)

The DFG is the self-governing organisation for science and research in Germany. With 594 elected review board members representing as many disciplines in 48 standing review boards it serves all branches of science and the humanities. German Research Foundation (DFG)