Danube-INCO.NET — Advancing Research and Innovation in the Danube Region

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Federal Ministry of Education and Research - Germany

The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) performs a variety of tasks within the scope of its constitutional responsibilities: Legislation governing non-school vocational training and continuing education; research funding in all fields of science; support for young researchers; promotion of the international exchange in initial and continuing training, in higher education and in research; and legislation governing training assistance and its funding (together with the Lander). Following its High-Tech Strategy of 2006 to strengthen international cooperation in science and research, the Federal Government has adopted an Internationalisation Strategy in 2008. It provides the Federal Government's answers to the challenges of global competition confronting the science and innovation system. It serves as a guide and a basis for the cooperation of stakeholders in the German science and innovation system. BMBF cooperates with partners in countries all over the world. In 2010, the High-Tech Strategy 2020 for Germany has been launched (http://www.bmbf.de/pub/hts_2020_en.pdf).

  • Posted on: 08.05.2014
  • Germany
  • Acronym: BMBF

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Contact: BMBF, Heinemannstraße 2, 53175 Bonn, Deutschland, bmbf@bmbf.bund.de

BMBF has been assessing and modernising its instruments for international cooperation, placing, for instance, more emphasis on projects in a regional context. A first "Regional Call" for proposals was launched in April 2004 and has been extended until the end of 2013. With this call focusing on the Central, Eastern and South Eastern European Region, BMBF funds are being made available for preparatory projects in the field of applied research, development and education. In the frame of the EU funded SEE-ERA.NET (South-East European Era-Net) PLUS project, BMBF (together with DLR) is responsible for the implementation of the call for Joint European Research Projects in the South-East European region. BMBF is partner in the WBC-INCO.NET project on the coordination of research policies with the Western Balkan countries. This project is being funded in the frame of the EU FP's Capacities Programme and is running from January 2008 until December 2013. Many countries of the Danube region are partners in these two projects.

The Danube region is considered to be an important partner region for Germany and, respectively, for the BMBF. On invitation of the German Federal Minister of Education and Research, a Ministerial Conference was convened in Ulm/Germany in July 2012 where the Ministers of the Danube countries were invited and present. A Communique was endorsed stating the provision of a fund for an immediate measure supporting research projects in the Danube region. Close cooperation with the European Union Strategy for the Danube Region (EUSDR) is sought by integrating representatives of the Priority Areas 7 and 8 of the EUSDR in the Working Group established on the follow-up of the Ministerial Conference. This Working Group should take into account and bundle relevant information with regard to the Danube region. Based on the model of a research funding initiative of the BMBF for the macro-region of the Baltic Sea, a call for multilateral research projects and innovative networks in the Danube region is planned by BMBF.

Organisation type: government/ministry | S&T field/scope: General | Affilation and Pillar: Danube-INCO.NET, Research and Innovation support Initiatives | Geographical focus: Danube Region, International/Other

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