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Rainer Gruhlich

German Research Foundation
Director, North America Office

Dr. Rainer Gruhlich is the Director of the North America Office of the Deutsche Forschungs-gemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation), the self-governing funding organization for science and research in Germany. Located in Washington, DC and New York City, the DFG North America Office works to strengthen collaboration between scientists and researchers in Germany and North America, closely cooperates with partner organizations to advocate the cause of science, supports early-career researchers and DFG research fellows in the region, and organizes outreach activities to showcase the German research landscape across North America. 

Prior to being appointed Director of the DFG’s North America Office in September 2017, Dr. Gruhlich headed the section on North America within the Division International Affairs at the DFG’s headquarters in Bonn, Germany. There, his portfolio also included coordinating the DFG’s activities within the Global Research Council (GRC), a “virtual” organization of research councils from around the world committed to multilateral research and collaboration across continents. As key organizer of the 2nd Annual Meeting in 2013 in Berlin, Deputy Executive Secretary from 2013 to 2016 and as Executive Secretary until June 2017, Rainer worked to establish the GRC as an international forum of research councils and global voice of science.

Before joining the DFG in 2012, Dr. Gruhlich held the position of Program Director for Strategic Planning and External Relations at the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, where he established the annual Forum on the Internationalization of Sciences and Humanities and worked to enhance the Foundation’s cooperation with the European Union. He earned his doctorate in Modern History from the University of Tübingen, holds a master’s degree in Medieval History from the University of Oxford, and spent an extended period of time as a graduate student at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and at Tufts University (Medford, MA).