To support German-U.S. research and training projects, NSF and DFG have agreed to align application and funding processes of DFG's International Research Training Groups (IRTG) and Individual Grants programmes with NSF's Partnerships for International Research and Education (PIRE) programme.
In the 2016 solicitation, the publication of which by NSF is expected in April 2016, German researchers may cooperate with new PIRE projects using one of two DFG funding programmes:
- International Research Training Groups (IRTGs): The IRTG programme is dedicated to establishing a joint doctoral training programme between a German university and a university abroad. By combining an IRTG and a PIRE application, German and American institutions may join forces to create a bilateral U.S.-German doctoral training programme.
- The Individual Grants programme allows individual researchers to participate as a partner in a PIRE proposal. This is particularly of interest for PIRE projects in which a researcher in Germany is only one of several foreign partners in a PIRE proposal.
More information can be found here.