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1 Research & Funding Opportunities in Germany Dr. Alexandra Gerstner DAAD Information Centre Toronto Memorial University February 9 th, 2015

2 German Funding Programmes for Scientists & Researchers 1. The German Research Landscape 2. Research Funding I: Programs for Researchers & Faculty 3. Research Funding II: Collaborative Research Projects

3 Higher Education Institutions Institutions of Higher Education 121 universities 215 universities of applied sciences 7 colleges of education 18 colleges of theology 55 colleges of art 29 colleges of public administration Features of German universities Unity of research & teaching Broad range of subjects Theoretical orientation of research Source: Federal Statistical Office (August, 2012)

4 Higher Education Institutions Facts & Figures 2.8 million students enrolled (2013/14) Thereof ~ 300,000+ international Public expenditure for institutions of higher education: billion (2010) Excellence Initiative by German States ( Länder ) & Federal Government a total of 4.6 billion will be invested to promote top-level research More information

5 Excellent Non-University Research Institutions Max Planck Society (83 institutes & research centres; staff: 16,900; budget: 1.53 billion) Helmholtz Association of National Research Centres (18 research centres; staff: 33,400; budget: 3.8 billion) Leibniz Association (87 institutes & research facilities; staff: 16,800; budget: 1.4 billion) Fraunhofer Society (67 institutes; staff: 23,000; budget: 1.7 billion) Source: MPG, Helmholtz, Leibniz, Fraunhofer

6 Helmholtz Centres Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research - carries out research in the Arctic and Antarctic - coordinates German polar research - makes infrastructure available, e.g. the research icebreaker Polarstern and research stations in the Arctic and Antarctic - Graduate Schools, Summer/Winter Schools, Postdoc-Positions

7 Basic and Applied Research in Germany Applied Research Industry Fraunhofer Society Leibniz Association Helmholtz Association Basic Research Max Planck Society Universities Publicly Financed Privately Financed

8 Research Cooperation Search for Research Institutes & Partnerships Online databases with access to over 22,000 German university & non-university research institutes & over 27,000 research partnerships:

9 German Funding Programmes for Scientists & Researchers 1. The German Research Landscape 2. Research Funding I: Programs for Researchers & Faculty 3. Research Funding II: Collaborative Research Projects

10 German Academic Exchange Service The DAAD provides Scholarships & grants (for all disciplines, at all stages) Information and counseling about studying & research in Germany Support for internationalization of German universities

11 The DAAD Network Worldwide

12 German Academic Exchange Service Facts & Figures 70 Regional Offices and Information Centres worldwide (incl. Toronto) Annual budget : ~ 470 m. / CAD $ 700 m. in 2013 Over 119,000 people supported by DAADadministered programs annually DAAD funded scholars in 2013: 330 from Canada / 804 to Canada

13 Programmes for Postdoctoral Researchers RESEARCH GRANTS To conduct research for a postdoc project WHO CAN APPLY? Postdocs, engaged full time in a postdoc position Duration: Long term (7-10 months) and short term (1-6 months) depending on number of years after completion of dissertation (max. 2 years / max. 4 years) Website: https://www.daad.org/gradresearch2

14 Programmes for Faculty RESEARCH STAYS FOR UNIVERSITY ACADEMICS AND SCIENTISTS To pursue research at universities, libraries, archives, institutes or laboratories in Germany WHO CAN APPLY? Postdocs and senior faculty. All applicants must work in a higher education institution or research institute in Canada Duration: 1-3 months Website: https://www.daad.org/researchvisit

15 Programmes for Faculty RE-INVITATION PROGRAM Program to keep alive contacts/collaborations made during a DAAD-funded research or study stay WHO CAN APPLY? Former DAAD 1-year scholarship holders who are back in Canada for at least three years. Duration: 1-3 months Website: https://www.daad.org/reinvitation

16 Programmes for Faculty LEARN GERMAN IN GERMANY Grant to attend intensive language courses at various Goethe-Institut locations in Germany WHO CAN APPLY? Faculty members in all academic fields except German Studies, German Language & Literature, & German Translation & Interpretation Scholars who hold a PhD (or equivalent) & have been working in research or teaching full-time at a university or research institution in Canada for at least 2 years after PhD Duration: 4 weeks Website: https://www.daad.org/facultylanguage

17 Programmes for Faculty VISITING PROFESSORSHIP PROGRAM WHO CAN APPLY? Scholars from all disciplines. Candidates must secure an invitation from a German host institution. Paid according to standard German salary rates Duration: 3 months - 2 years Can be divided up if coordinated by universities Website: https://www.daad.org/visitingprofessor

18 Programmes for Faculty GROUP STUDY VISIT Program to facilitate intensive engagement with modern Germany and incorporate cooperation with a German university partner WHO CAN APPLY? Faculty from all disciplines; students + 1 faculty Duration: Funding for 7-12 days (trip may be longer); provides EUR 50/day towards costs of accommodation & board Website: https://www.daad.org/groupvisits

19 Programmes for Postdocs / Senior Faculty RISE WORLDWIDE Research groups, labs or doctoral students can apply to host a DAAD-sponsored German research assistant during the summer semester WHO CAN APPLY? Faculty, postdocs or PhD students working in the fields of biology, chemistry, physics, earth sciences or engineering Submission window open from October 1 November 30, 2014 DURATION: 6 weeks to 3 months beginning June 1, 2015 WEBSITE:

20 Supporting Students Undergraduate Scholarships German Studies Research Grants Summer and Language Courses RISE Website:

21 Inviting Colleagues from Germany OPPORTUNITIES THROUGH DAAD GERMANY Lecture Series Research Stays Group Study Visits Short-term Lectureships Hosting PhD-Students or Postdocs from Germany

22 Programmes of Partner Organizations ALEXANDER VON HUMBOLDT FOUNDATION Humboldt Research Fellowships for Experienced and Postdoctoral Researchers Offers support for longer term research stays at German universities or other research institutions Experienced Researchers Fellowship: 6-18 months, can be divided into max. of three blocks within three years Postdoctoral Researchers Fellowship: 6-24 months FOR MORE INFORMATION:

23 German Funding Programmes for Scientists & Researchers 1. The German Research Landscape 2. Research Funding I: Programs for Researchers & Faculty 3. Research Funding II: Collaborative Research Projects

24 Funding for Collaborative Research Projects Bilateral Program for Cooperative Research Grants / PPP Aims to intensify research cooperation within the scope of a concrete, joint research project WHO CAN APPLY? German universities to facilitate the mobility of students (Bachelor, Diplom), graduates (Master), PhD students, postdocs & faculty from Germany & Canada Requires a signed agreement between two partner institutions DURATION: Maximum of 3 years for the entire project WEBSITE: https://www.daad.de/hochschulen/kooperation/ partnerschaft/ppp/05485.de.html

25 Funding for Collaborative Research Projects Integrated International Double Degree Programmes AIM: Increasing universities international profiles by initiating international degree programs awarding double degree WHO CAN APPLY? German universities DURATION: Maximum of 8 years for the entire project (1 year prep, 4 years program with 3 year renewal possible) SUPPORT: up to 110K for personnel and material costs in planning phase, scholarships for German students during phases 2 and 3 WEBSITE:

26 Funding for Collaborative Research Projects International Study and Training Partnerships (ISAP) AIM: Increasing internationalization by funding highly qualified German and foreign students during a fully accredited study period of one or two terms within a partnership related to a specific field WHO CAN APPLY? German universities DURATION: 2 years, extensions possible SUPPORT: For German students - monthly scholarship & travel subsidy, insurance, tuition fees (up to 50% of regular fees), funds for language course and tutorials; For foreign students: funds for language courses and tutorials For faculty: guest lectureships at partner institution WEBSITE:

27 Programmes of Partner Organizations GERMAN RESEARCH FOUNDATION International Research Training Groups (IRTG) IRTGs provide opportunities for joint doctoral training programs between German universities and universities abroad The research and study programs are jointly developed and supervised Doctoral students in the program complete a six-month research stay at the respective partner institution Across the disciplines (Social Science-based IRTG Diversity at U. de Montréal with Uni. Trier and Saarbrücken) Canada has been very successful in making use of this; new SSHRC and NSERC funding models dovetail nicely with DFG requirements FOR MORE INFORMATION: DFG Office North America New York OR

28 Research Funding

29 Thank you for your attention. Contact: DAAD Information Centre Toronto c/o Munk School of Global Affairs 1 Devonshire Place Toronto, ON M5S 3K7 Tel.:

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