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

How to apply

The application process involves two stages.

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.

  • Log in to NSERC’s online system and choose Create a new form 101
  • Select Research partnerships programs, then Alliance grants
  • For the Proposal type field, select Full proposal
  • For the Type of call field, select International-Collaboration-DFG-Sustainable Chemistry from the drop-down menu
  • Following the instructions for completing an Alliance International application, fill out the proposal template and complete the other sections of your application

    *Note: You do not need to attach a copy of the proposal prepared by your German collaborator(s) or confirmation that the proposal has been funded
  • Submit your completed application and supporting documents, including the personal data form with CCV attachment for the Canadian applicant and all Canadian co-applicants, and the biosketch of your German collaborator(s) through NSERC’s online system

By submitting your application, you and your co-applicants (when applicable) agree to the Terms and conditions of applying for applicants.

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. Full applications are not submitted to NSERC. Proposals must be submitted to DFG by June 6, 2023, 5 p.m. (CEST) German time. 

No changes in the Canadian research team composition are permitted after an invitation is issued. While the title of the Alliance International Collaboration grant application and the proposal that is submitted to DFG (Stage 2) should be the same, DFG requires that the title of the proposal submitted to them begin with “NSERC-DFG SUSTAIN”.

If you submit a proposal under this call (in both Stage 1 and Stage 2), you agree that information contained in your proposal will be shared between NSERC and the DFG for purposes consistent with the program objectives. Participants are responsible for ensuring that they are aware of the DFG rules concerning the disclosure of information contained in the proposal. Participants should also ensure they are aware of the policies surrounding DFG programs and post-award policies.

The information you provide in your application is collected under the authority of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council Act. NSERC is subject to the Access to Information Act and the Privacy Act. The information you provide is stored in a series of NSERC data banks as described in Information about programs and information holdings. You must ensure that others listed in the application have agreed to be included.

Equity, diversity and inclusion

NSERC is acting on the evidence that achieving a more equitable, diverse and inclusive Canadian research enterprise is essential to creating the excellent, innovative and impactful research necessary to advance knowledge and understanding, and to respond to local, national and global challenges. This principle informs the commitments described in the Tri-agency statement on equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI).

Applicants are encouraged to consider sex, gender and diversity in the project’s research design. Diversity and gender equity should also be considered when developing the research team and considering how to promote and support a variety of forms of mentoring to ensure trainees’ equitable participation and growth. Applicants should refer to the Guide for applicants: Considering equity, diversity and inclusion in your application for more information.

What's next?
Review of your application
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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]

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