- Funding opportunities
- Political framework
- Priority areas of cooperation
- Seletcted measures of the BMBF China Strategy
- Role of the International Bureau
The research cooperation between the two countries is based on an 1978 intergovernmental agreement on scientific and technological cooperation. Ever since, topics and framework conditions of the cooperation are addressed in regular meetings which are attended by representatives of the research ministries of both countries, and of research, funding and intermediary organisations as well as individual scientists.
Strategic education policy meetings with the Chinese Ministry of Education have been aiming to encourage further educational cooperation between the two countries since 2004 (until 2009 there were so-called strategic higher education policy dialogues). In addition, regular meetings of the German-Chinese Alliance for Vocational Education and Training have been held since 2011. In June 2016, both committees were merged, forming the German-Chinese Steering Group for Education based on a Memorandum of Understanding. The Steering Group’s first meeting took place in December 2017.
Research and education cooperation were further deepened with the introduction of the German-Chinese Intergovernmental Consultations that took place in 2011, 2012, 2014, 2016 and, most recently, 2018.
The Joint Action Plan 'Shaping innovation together!', which was adopted during the third intergovernmental consultations in October 2014, encourages a strategic partnership of both countries also in those fields that fall within the remit of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).
The , published in October 2015, is an important contribution to the implementation of the innovation partnership between Germany and China adopted in 2014. As a basis for cooperation with China in research, science and education until 2020, the strategy aims to ensure success and mutual benefit. The strategy analyses what has been achieved so far and outlines goals and concrete measures for further cooperation. It is the first and so far only country specific strategy of the BMBF. The complete strategy and a are available for download on the BMBF website.
At present, key topics of the Sino-German research partnership under the aegis of the BMBF are , and environmental technologies, urbanisation and land management, life sciences and bioeconomy, , climate research, electromobility, digital economy (Industry 4.0) as well as higher and vocational education and exchange of students and scientists.
In addition, the BMBF supports the establishment of thematic alumni networks and promotes the expansion of China competence in Germany in a joint effort with the Federal Foreign Office and the Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs.