German Research Foundation (DFG)

The German Research Foundation (DFG) is the leading independent organization for funding of science in Germany. It supports all branches of science, with the financing of projects at universities and other research institutions. The DFG promotes international scientific cooperation and promotes excellence by selecting, through competition, the best projects. Special attention is given to young scientists.

To carry out its activities, the organization annually has about 2.7 billion euros, with funding mainly from the federal government of Germany and the country’s state governments.

In Brazil, it has had an academic representative at the Universidade de São Paulo (USP) since 2006 and in 2011 it inaugurated the DFG Office for Latin America in São Paulo, the fifth regional office of the German Research Support Society – which also has an office in the Sino-German Center for the Promotion of Research in Beijing. Besides Brazil, the institution has partnerships with development agencies in Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador and Mexico, and academic representatives in Mexico and Chile.

The DFG has important Brazilian partners, such as the Coordination of Improvement of Higher Education Personnel (CAPES), a foundation of the Ministry of Education of Brazil and the National Counsel of Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq). Together, these institutions finance projects such as the Brazilian-German Collaborative Research Initiative on Manufacturing Technology (BRAGECRIM), a research network, in the field of production engineering – one of the largest research collaborations between the two countries.

The DFG also maintains cooperation agreements and promotes German-Brazilian research projects in partnership with the State of São Paulo Research Support Foundation (FAPESP), the State of Minas Gerais Research Support Foundation (FAPEMIG) and the Carlos Chagas Filho Research Support Foundation of the State of Rio de Janeiro (FAPERJ).

The German Society for Research Support, along with FAPESP, has also supported the first interdisciplinary group of graduating German and Brazilian students for the study of networks with complex topology, with which one can analyze complex systems in various areas of science. Thus, physicists, mathematicians, biologists, climatologists and geographers of the two countries conduct research together and orient doctoral students of both nationalities.


Dr. Dietrich Halm

Interim Director of International Affairs