Which destination is better Argentina or Colombia


9 June 2016

1 Purpose of funding, legal basis

1.1 Purpose of the grant

The Federal Government would like to strengthen Germany's position in an increasingly globalized knowledge society. This goal should also be achieved through the internationalization of education, science and research. Worldwide cooperation is intended to strengthen the excellence of German institutions and facilitate access to international innovation locations.

The Latin American emerging economies are of particular importance in this process. They have expanded their science systems with great dynamism in recent years.

Germany can already look back on decades of successful cooperation with partner countries in Latin America. In coordination with governments and research partners in the target countries, scientific and technological cooperation in strategic areas is being intensified.

With the funding measure "Research structures with Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia and Mexico", the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) supports the development of sustainable, joint research structures. Germany is to be networked more closely with key players in knowledge production in the region through long-term partnerships. The funding is intended to strengthen the internationalization of German universities and research institutions and improve their excellence and competitiveness. Access to topic-specific networks in the target country is to be made easier for German scientists.

On the one hand, this will strengthen the internationalization of German universities and research institutions. On the other hand, the research structures are intended to facilitate access to research objects and networks as well as to human and infrastructure resources in Latin America.

The research structures are intended to help develop strategic focus topics in the partner country on a permanent basis and to strengthen cooperation with local centers of excellence. The cooperation should also facilitate access to research funds from the target region.

The funding measure supports German universities and research institutions that intend to set up a research structure with the target country. The cooperation is to concentrate on priority areas of bilateral cooperation. The involvement of other German partners to bundle research activities in the target country is expressly desired. Synergy effects with existing bilateral and multilateral cooperation are to be used.

This funding measure is part of the framework agreement on scientific and technological cooperation between Germany and Argentina (from 1969), Brazil (from 1997), Chile (from 2012), Mexico (from 1974) and the joint one Declaration of intent for cooperation in education, science, research and innovation with Colombia (from 2011).

1.2 Legal bases

The federal government grants the grants in accordance with this guideline, §§ 23 and 44 of the Federal Budget Code (BHO) and the related administrative regulations as well as the "Guidelines for grant applications on an expenditure basis (AZA)" and / or the "Guidelines for grant applications on a cost basis (AZK ) "of the BMBF. There is no legal entitlement to a grant. The granting authority decides according to its due discretion within the framework of the available budget.

Funding under this directive meets the requirements of Regulation (EU) No. 651/2014 of the EU Commission of June 17, 2014 to determine the compatibility of certain groups of aid with the internal market in application of Articles 107 and 108 of the Treaty on Functioning of the European Union ("General Block Exemption Regulation" - GBER) (OJ L 187 of June 26, 2014, p. 1) and is therefore compatible with the internal market within the meaning of Article 107 paragraph 3 GBER and from the notification requirement according to Article 108 paragraph 3 GBER optional. According to Article 1 number 4 letters a and b GBER, companies that have not followed a recovery order based on an earlier Commission decision establishing the unlawfulness and incompatibility of aid with the internal market are excluded from funding.

2 Subject of funding

The BMBF provides German universities and German non-university research institutions with funding for the development of research structures with leading research institutions in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia and Mexico in the area of ​​common focus topics.

The research structures can e.g. B. joint research groups, laboratories, test and inspection facilities, communication platforms, research stations, test facilities or cooperation networks with and in the respective Latin American country.

The funding relates to travel costs for German scientists, event-related expenses / costs in connection with networking and exploratory measures and grants for personnel costs for coordinating international cooperation. To a limited extent, expenses for other material costs that are not part of the basic equipment of research institutions can also be granted.

The planned measures should achieve the following goals:

  • the development and expansion of long-term research structures with top research institutions in the target countries,
  • fixed (also virtual) cooperation structures in the partner country or in the partner countries,
  • the networking of German universities and German non-university research institutions,
  • the development of third-party funding potential (e.g. national programs in Germany and the partner country, EU programs, multilateral programs or contract research),
  • the better visibility of German scientific excellence in the partner country,
  • strengthening innovation in Germany and promoting Germany as a location for innovation,
  • Recruiting top researchers for collaboration,
  • Increase in knowledge about the state of research in the respective partner country and the relevant framework conditions,
  • Internationalization of research in Germany.

Applicants must already present a concept to the BMBF in their funding application as to how the research structures should be financed on a permanent basis after the end of the BMBF funding.

The BMBF expressly welcomes the close cooperation between applicants and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and SME associations in Germany and the target country for application-oriented linking of science and business.

The BMBF has already set thematic priorities in cooperation with the target countries. With the research structures to be set up, cooperation in specific bilaterally agreed subject areas is to be significantly intensified; WTZ agreements should be better able to be implemented. The following research topics are to be advanced in the future structures:

With Argentina:

  • Bioeconomy
  • Biomedicine
  • Environmental research
  • Earth sciences, marine and polar research

With Brazil:

  • Bioeconomy
  • Economic strategic raw materials
  • Marine research
  • Climate research

With Chile:

  • Sustainable energy systems
  • Economic strategic raw materials
  • Protection against natural risks
  • Health research

With Mexico:

  • Sustainable energy systems
  • Health research

With Colombia:

  • biotechnology
  • biodiversity
  • Marine research
  • Health research

The projects should be divided into two phases: a build-up phase of a maximum of two years and a subsequent consolidation phase of a maximum of three years. Funding in the consolidation phase depends on the success of the project in the development phase and on the sustainability of the measure. Therefore, an evaluation is made before the decision to promote the consolidation phase is made. The criteria for this include:

  • Status of the implementation of a (also virtual) laboratory or partner institute
  • Number of joint, newly initiated or planned research projects
  • Number of joint publications
  • Concept for the acquisition of third-party funding
  • Co-financing or personal contribution from the foreign partner
  • concrete partnerships with companies

3 beneficiaries

State and state-recognized universities with headquarters in Germany are eligible to apply, provided that they cooperate closely with at least one non-university German research institution in setting up the research structures.

Non-university research institutions headquartered in Germany are also eligible to apply, provided that they cooperate closely with at least one German state or state-recognized university in setting up the research structures.

Research institutions that are jointly funded by the federal government and / or the states can, in addition to their institutional funding, only be granted project funding for their additional project-related expenses or costs under certain conditions.

4 Eligibility requirements

Projects that are applied for in the context of this announcement should document the potential for long-term and sustainable research structures with the countries Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia and Mexico in accordance with the above-mentioned goals and represent the planned concrete cooperation.

The BMBF expects a proven substantial self-interest of the foreign partners in the cooperation with the German institution z. B. in the form of own contributions, provision of infrastructure, personnel, etc. It is not intended that funds from this funding measure will be used to finance foreign partners. A declaration of intent for cooperation between the partners involved in the target countries must be attached to the project application.

The grant recipients are obliged to participate in possible evaluating measures and to provide information for assessing the success of the funding measure.

5 Type, scope and amount of the donation

The grants can be granted by way of project funding as non-repayable grants.

The assessment basis for universities, research and scientific institutions and comparable institutions is the eligible project-related expenses (at Helmholtz Centers and the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft - FhG - the eligible project-related costs), which can be funded individually up to 100%.

In the development phase, a maximum of seven projects can be financed by the BMBF with up to 150,000 euros per project and year, in the consolidation phase a maximum of six projects with up to 200,000 euros per project and year.

Funding provides for the following eligible expenses / costs:

  1. Personnel to coordinate international networking and to set up research structures.
    Project-related expenses / costs for student and / or academic staff in the project coordinator's facility can be subsidized to a small extent.
  2. Trips and stays by German scientists and other experts.
    The travel expenses / expenses (for flight tickets: economy class) to and from the location of the project partner as well as the country-specific daily allowance http://internationales-buero.de/media/content/Tagespauschalen_neu.xls are covered. Contributions to health insurance and, if applicable, other insurances are already covered by this lump sum and must be paid by the recipient of the grant.
  3. Workshops
    Workshops with already known partners or to develop new cooperation potentials can be supported in the partner country as follows:
    Subsidies are made e.g. B. the accommodation of the guests, the transfer, the provision of workshop documents, the appropriate catering and the rental of rooms. The amount of the grant depends on the scope of the event and the number of foreign guests. In these cases, no daily allowance (see letter a) is paid.
  4. Project-related material resources
    The granting of project-related material grants (e.g. consumables, business supplies, literature) is possible to a limited extent.

Since this is a networking and exploratory measure and therefore not an original research project in the sense of the guidelines for grants on an expenditure basis, universities and university hospitals cannot be granted a project flat rate.

The funding application is submitted by the institution of the project coordinator. Travel expenses (material resources, if applicable) for the partners are requested and administered by the project coordinator.

6 Other grant provisions

The "General ancillary provisions for grants for project funding (ANBest-P)" and the "Special ancillary provisions for grants from the BMBF for project funding on an expenditure basis (BNBest-BMBF98)" are components of a grant notification on an expenditure basis.

Components of a grant notification to the FhG or Helmholtz Association are basically the "General ancillary provisions for cost-based grants by the BMBF to commercial companies for research and development projects (NKBF98)".

7 procedures

7.1 Involvement of a project sponsor, application documents, other documents and use of the electronic application system

The BMBF has currently commissioned the following project sponsors to handle the funding measure:

German Aerospace Center (DLR)
European and international cooperation
Heinrich-Konen-Strasse 1
53227 Bonn
Internet: http://www.internationales-buero.de

Contact persons are:

Technical contact person:

Dr. Barbara Hellebrandt
Phone: +49 2 28/38 21-14 33
Fax: +49 2 28/38 21-14 44
Email: [email protected]

Administrative contact person:

Petra Altmann
Phone: +49 2 28/38 21-14 32
Fax: +49 2 28/38 21-14 44
Email: [email protected]

If there are any changes, this will be announced in the Federal Gazette or in another suitable manner.

The electronic sketch tool pt-outline must be used to create project outlines, and the electronic application system "easy-online" must be used for formal funding applications.

It is recommended to contact the project sponsor for advice on the application. Further information and explanations are available there.

7.2 Two-stage process

The application process is designed in two stages.

7.2.1 Submission and selection of project outlines

In the first procedural stage are the project executing agency by October 31, 2016 at the latest first submit project sketches in electronic form using the sketch tool pt-outline (https://secure.pt-dlr.de/ptoutline/app/lat16struc). A cover letter / cover sheet for submission must be enclosed with the sketch, on which representatives of all project partners confirm by means of a legally binding signature that they have read and confirmed the correctness of the information given in the sketch.

Project outlines received after the specified time can no longer be considered.

The length of the sketch should not exceed seven pages.

The following aspects of the project should be shown in the sketch:

  • Information on the project coordinator and the international project partners (cooperation experience)
  • Relation of the project to the goals named in the funding announcement, in particular the basic concept of the research structures
  • Presentation of the scientific topics that are to be developed and processed in the respective target country
  • Information on the state of the art in science and technology at those interested in funding (such as preliminary work, existing knowledge, previous experience) with regard to the research topics mentioned
  • Assessment of the utilization and application possibilities
  • Presentation of the scientific added value of the planned cooperation (here in particular the concrete added value of the international cooperation, contributions from international partners, access to resources in the target country, previous cooperation)
  • estimated expenses / costs (expected funding requirement)

The project outlines received are, among other things, rated according to the following criteria:

  • Fulfillment of the formal grant requirements
  • Consistency with the funding objectives of the announcement and the thematic priorities mentioned in number 2
  • professional quality and originality of the project
  • Relation to the program of the BMBF in the desired subject area
  • Qualifications of the people involved in the project
  • scientific benefit of the expected results

The project ideas suitable for funding are selected according to the criteria listed above and their evaluation. The interested parties will be informed of the selection result in writing.

There is no legal entitlement to the return of a submitted project outline or any other submitted documents that were submitted as part of this procedural stage.

7.2.2 Submission of formal funding applications and decision-making procedures

In the second stage of the procedure, the authors of the positively assessed project outlines are asked to submit a formal funding application, which will be decided upon after the final examination.

The formal funding applications are to be created using the electronic application system "easy-online".

Guidelines, leaflets, notes and ancillary provisions can be called up at the Internet address https://foerderportal.bund.de/easy/easy_index.php?wahl=easy_formulare&formularkasten=bmbf.

A description of the project in German must be attached to the formal application. This should not exceed ten pages and should contain the following content:

  • Cooperation goals
  • Relation of the project to the cooperation policy goals named in the funding announcement
  • planned measures to implement the objectives of the funding measure named in number 2, elaborated conception of the planned research structures
  • detailed description of the work plan for cooperation
  • concrete work steps of the cooperation project both for the maximum two-year expansion phase and for the maximum three-year consolidation phase; Milestone planning in terms of content and time
  • project-related resource planning
  • Plan to stabilize the cooperation in the respective target country beyond the funding period
  • possibly planned cooperation in follow-up projects
  • Planned expansion of cooperation to other institutions and networks
  • Reason for the necessity of the donation

The applications received are, inter alia, assessed and tested according to the following criteria:

  • Fulfillment of the formal conditions
  • Contribution of the measure to the intensification of scientific and technological cooperation with the partner country in Latin America
  • Stabilization of bilateral partnerships
  • Promised co-financing or personal contribution by the foreign partner
  • Initiation and establishment of new international partnerships
  • Experience of the applicant in international cooperation
  • Quality of cooperation and added value for the partner institutions
  • Appropriateness and necessity of the requested funding
  • Plausibility and feasibility of the work plan
  • Sustainability of the cooperation following the funding
  • Securing the overall financing of the project during the duration of the project and beyond

A decision on funding will be made based on the criteria given above and their evaluation after the application has been checked.

7.3 Regulations to be observed

For the approval, disbursement and accounting of the grant as well as for the verification and checking of the use and the possibly necessary revocation of the grant notification and the reclaiming of the granted grant, the administrative regulations to § 44 BHO as well as §§ 48 to 49a of the Administrative Procedure Act apply, if not Deviations were permitted in this funding guideline.

8 Entry into force

This guideline comes into force on the day of its publication in the Federal Gazette.

Bonn, June 9, 2016

Federal Ministry of Education and Research

On behalf
Stefan Schneider