The International Bureau has been commissioned by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) to strengthen the international ties of German universities, research institutes and enterprises with the ultimate goal of building competencies and fostering competitive advantages for industry and the research community in Germany in the areas of research and innovation. In doing so, the International Bureau is making an important contribution to cultivating an international dimension within the research programmes of the BMBF.
The International Bureau works on behalf of the BMBF and sees itself as a service provider for the BMBF, or rather a service provider for the German science community on behalf of the BMBF.
Its responsibilities are:
In dialogue with the research divisions of the BMBF and their project management organisations, the International Bureau initiates cooperation on research topics with a high policy priority with competent partners in a variety of countries – primarily in Europe, Asia, the Americas and Africa.
The International Bureau possesses detailed knowledge of the capacities for cooperation in other countries as well as the legal and political framework for cooperation. Moreover, it maintains contact with relevant organisations abroad as well as with German organisations active in cooperation at the international level.
The IB contributes to the implementation of the Federal Government’s High-Tech Strategy and the Strategy of the Federal Government for the Internationalization of Science and Research, which was initiated by the BMBF.
The International Bureau provides BMBF funding to German universities, research institutes and small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) for investigating the potential for cooperation with partners abroad and for the preparation of projects involving international cooperation.
Regulations governing the funding of scientific and technological collaboration (STC) with South Africa Deadline: March 14, 2014
German-Turkish Year of Research, Education and Innovation 2014
Regulations governing the funding of activities within the framework of the "German-Turkish Year of Research, Education and Innovation 2014" Deadline: April 30, 2014
Union for the Mediterranean
Regulations governing the funding of international cooperation in science and research in connection with the Union for the Mediterranean Deadline: December 31, 2013
Central, Eastern and South Eastern Europe
International Cooperation in Education and Research – Central, Eastern and South Eastern European Region Deadline: December 31, 2013