New approach to developing scientific cooperation with Africa

The announcement on “Partnerships for Sustainable Solutions with Sub-Saharan Africa: Measures for Research and Integrated Postgraduate Training and Continuing Education” reveals the new approach taken by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) to promoting scientific partnerships.

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This promotional measure is a major component of the BMBF’s Africa strategy. It aims to foster cooperation with African partners who are assisting with the implementation of the African strategy, and focuses on plans that take a new approach to dovetailing joint work on one research topic and its practical implementation with measures for joint postgraduate training and continuing education at African institutes of higher education.

Applications may be made by institutes of higher education, extramural research institutions, commercial enterprises based in Germany (particularly small and medium-sized businesses), regional authorities and their affiliates.

At the BMBF’s request, the International Bureau at the DLR Project Management Agency will be implementing module 1, “Research”, while the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) will be implementing module 2, “Postgraduate training and continuing education”.

The main sectors in the announcements are

  • Bioeconomics
  • Sustainable urban development
  • Resource management/raw materials

Please refer to the text of the notice for information on the respective sub-sectors and other general information such as contact details.

Project drafts must be submitted by 1 March 2016 geöffnet.

The text of the announcement is available on theInternational Bureau website.

The DLR Project Management Agency specialises in services for promoting research, innovation and education. As one of Germany’s largest project managers, it assists federal and state ministries with the implementation of research funding programmes and also works for the European Commission, trusts and associations.