NSERC-German Research Foundation (DFG) call for proposals on Sustainable Processes and Chemistry – STAGE 2 (Invited)

Environment, Energy and Natural Resources
Oceans, Fisheries and Aquaculture
Well-being, Health and Biomedical Discovery


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Memorial Deadline: Tuesday 30th, May 2023

External Deadline: Tuesday 6th, June 2023


Canada and Germany enjoy long-standing cooperation in science and technology. Recognizing the importance of international collaboration in promoting scientific discoveries, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) and the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on research cooperation. The MOU provides an overarching framework to enhance opportunities for collaborative activities between Canadian and German research communities and sets out the principles for developing jointly supported activities.

To facilitate the support of collaborative work between Canadian researchers and their German counterparts under this MOU, NSERC and the divisions of Physics and Chemistry (PC) and Engineering Sciences (ING 1) at the DFG are pleased to announce a call for proposals focused on Sustainable Processes and Chemistry. The proposed Canada-Germany collaborative research projects must focus on basic and fundamental research and are expected to generate new knowledge and address one or more research challenges related to environmental sustainability. Typical, but not exclusive, examples include

  • sustainable polymerizations
  • novel types of catalysts or catalytic reactions
  • separation and purification technologies
  • sustainable chemistry and engineering
  • tools for life-cycle assessment

STAGE 1: Canadian researchers must first submit a modified* Alliance International Collaboration grant application to NSERC by the application deadline. You are limited to one application as either Canadian principal applicant or co-applicant.

STAGE 2: NSERC will provide an Invitation to submit letter to Canadian applicants, which must be appended to the joint Canada-Germany collaborative research proposal as a supplementary document. Only proposals that have been invited to submit will be accepted by DFG. The collaborative proposals must be submitted by German principal investigators to a participating DFG program using the appropriate DFG submission process.

Alliance International Collaboration grant application deadline (submitted to NSERC)
December 7, 2022, 8:00 p.m. (ET)

Invited full application deadline (submitted to DFG)
June 6, 2023, 5:00 p.m. (CEST) [German time]

Additional information can be found on NSERC’s website.

Funding Sources

Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC)

This opportunity was posted by: RGCS

Last modified: September 14, 2022