Joint initiative research projects competition of the Russian Foundation for Basic research (RFBR) and the German Research Foundation (DFG)

Applications are accepted till: 31.12.2014 00:00

Contect code: «м_а»

In accordance with the Agreement with the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, DFG), Russian Foundation for Basic Research announces the competition of joint research projects (competition NNIO_a).

Competition objectives:

Financial support for both Russian and German researchers in their joint initiative scientific activities.

Competition conditions:

The Competition supports basic research projects being conducted by joint Russian and German scientist collectives in the research areas of mutual interest.

(01)Mathematics, Informatics and Mechanics

(02)Physics and Astronomy

(03)Chemistry and Sciences on Materials

(04)Biology and Medical Sciences


(06)Humanities and Social Sciences

(07)Information and Telecommunication systems

(08)The Fundamentals of Engineering Sciences

Russian and German scientists, supervisors of the joint project, must agree in advance on the name and content of their applications and submit the applications to RFBR (Russian) and DFG (German Research Foundation).

Russian scientists submit the application after the registration of German team’s project in DFG. The number of German application must be sent to RFBR.

The duration of the joint initiative research project is 1, 2 or 3 years.

Attention: The name of the project must be the same for both Russian and German application.

Applicants are welcome to submit their applications from 9 January 2014.

Attention: RFBR funds only Russian participants

The results of researches on the Project must be published in reviewed scientific editions with the reference containing the Project number.

Example: «The reported study was partially supported by RFBR, research project No. 14-01-00001 ННИО_a».

All the applications, which were admitted to the competition, are subject to an independent expert examination: applications, submitted by Russian scientists, are evaluated in the RFBR, and those submitted by German scientists, in the FWF. The evaluation of applications is conducted by each side independently in accordance with their own rules. The information on the expert examination procedure is strictly classified.

Attention: While submitting an application, one must take into account the fact that the expert examination of applications by the German Research Foundation takes 3 months for 1-year project and 8 months for the project that lasts for more than 1 year, respectively.

The refusal of German Research Foundation to provide a grant for the application of the German participants eliminates the funding of the Project, supported by RFBR, by the latter.

Information on the content of the application and the expert examination results is in strict confidence. According to the rules of RFBR, the experts and the employees of the Fund are not entitled to divulge it. The supervisors of the Project get access to the expert review after the decision of RFBR on funding or the refusal of the latter.

RFBR doesn’t take part in deliberations on the results of the expert examination.

German scientists must submit the reports on the results of the Project to the German Research Foundation.

The decision to continue funding a project for the next year will be based on expertise results of the interim report. One of the key conditions to continue support for international competitions projects is the timely receipt of interim reports and the presence of joint peer-reviewed publications together with the foreign partner (not including theses).

Contact persons/Addresses:


Shevereva Svetlana Anatolyevna

Department of International Programs

Phone/Fax (495) 952 5060



DFG Representative Office in Moscow

Dr. Jörn Achterberg

Head of the Representative Office

5/2, Bldg. 1, 1st Kazachiy lane,

Moscow, 119017

Phone: (495)956 2690

Fax: 956 2705/06



DFG Representative Office in Berlin

Dr. Christian Schaich

Head of the DFG Programs

Berliner Büro


Markgrafenstrasse 37


Phone: +49 (0 ) 30 206121-4329

Fax: +49 (30) 206121-4377


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