The EU Bureau of the BMBF is the general contact point for cross-sectional information about 'Horizon Europe', the current EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation. The aim is to familiarise interested parties with funding measures, project types and tools, application and valuation processes, participation rules and contract modalities, which are relevant to them, or to refer them to other suitable contact persons where needed.
The EU Bureau of the BMBF acts as a branch of the network of national contact points for Horizon Europe in Germany and also contains information about several national contact points. The Federal Ministry of Research has set up the national contact points as intermediaries between the applicants, the European Commission and the Ministry. Their most important task is to provide information and advice to applicants and to those carrying out projects. In addition, the national contact points also work alongside the responsible Ministries’ specialist departments and support German delegations in the programme committees in Brussels, where the implementation of EU programmes is discussed.
In 2001, the Federal Ministry of Research set up the contact point 'Women in EU Research'. It advises women scientists on EU framework programmes for research and innovation. The aim is to increase the proportion of women in research and development and to open up career opportunities for women in European research.
Since May 2004, the EU Bureau of the BMBF has also offered support and advice on the European research collaboration, and it is Germany’s federal site for coordination and contact for 'Eurydice - Information network for education in Europe'.
In addition to its own website, the EU Bureau of the BMBF also manages the German portal for Horizon Europe.