Cooperation with the countries belonging to the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) is based on traditionally very close relations.
Priority countries for cooperation with the CIS are the Russian Federation (Russia) and Ukraine. Germany is the most important partner for Russia and Ukraine in many fields of research.
This cooperation covers virtually all fields of research and technology. The established partnership between the EU and the Eastern Partnership countries under the framework of the European Neighbourhood Policy is constantly providing new impetus in cooperation on education and research.
Furthermore, countries in Central Asia and the Southern Caucasus are becoming increasingly important partners, for example in the search for joint solutions to global challenges. These countries are also receiving support in restructuring their research systems to meet the demands of the market economy.