Federal Ministry of Education and Research


Interim financial aid for students: what you need to know

The BMBF is providing interim financial aid for students faced with pandemic-related financial hardship. The aid consists of two parts: the KfW student loan, and interim aid. See our FAQ for more information.

"The goal is to manufacture an artificial leaf"

Photosynthesis is about harnessing energy from sunlight and turning it into chemical energy. Researchers are attempting to imitate this complex process with an artificial device. Thomas Hannappel explains their approach.

Coronavirus – advice and information

When will a vaccine for the novel coronavirus be ready? Can I continue to receive BAFöG training assistance even though the university is closed? What is the BMBF doing to curb the spread of the pandemic? We have put together all the news here.

Coronavirus: Status of vaccine development

Scientists worldwide are working to develop a vaccine against COVID-19. Germany and the BMBF are involved in this endeavour. The first tests are now being launched. However, we must be patient because a vaccine must be both effective and safe.

Coronavirus: What the BMBF is doing

The Budget Committee has made an additional 145 million euros available for research on the coronavirus. The emergency measure is founded on the Federal Research Ministry’s long-standing commitment to infection research. In brief.

Karliczek: No disadvantage for BAföG recipients due to coronavirus outbreak

Training assistance will continue to be paid to recipients affected by closures or travel bans as a result of the novel coronavirus outbreak. Federal Education Minister Karliczek: “I want BAföG recipients to enjoy clarity and planning certainty”.

Cooperation with US institutions on artificial photosynthesis is expanded

Plants use photosynthesis to generate energy from water and CO2. Researchers from the US are working on copying this process for fuel production. State Secretary Rachel has now agreed a strategic collaboration.

Germany and France: Innovation for the Future of Europe

As knowledge-based economies, France and Germany attach particular importance to the areas of education, research and innovation. Innovation is the mainspring of prosperity and quality of life.

Recognition of Foreign Professional Qualifications

Germany’s Recognition Act entitles foreign skilled professionals to a review of their professional and vocational qualifications for equivalence with the corresponding German professions. Experience has shown that the Recognition Act is a success.

The German Vocational Training System

Germany’s dual system of vocational education and training is highly recognized worldwide due to its combination of theory in the classroom and training in a real-life work environment.

Green Talents

The annual "Green Talents - International Forum for High Potentials in Sustainable Development" honors young scientists working in the field of environmental and sustainability research.

Fighting Neglected and Poverty-Related Diseases

In the poverty stricken regions of the world, many people suffer from infectious diseases. Such diseases often have particularly serious consequences and remain the most common cause of death in these regions.

A New Impetus for Vocational Education and Training

Informal Meeting of Education Ministers in Osnabrück on 16-17 September 2020