Research knows no borders: The Federal Research Ministry works closely together with European and international funding organizations to provide the best possible support for German scientists and to encourage international exchange.
Modern health research is becoming ever more complex and expensive owing to technological developments and increased knowledge. That is why researchers are increasingly pooling their knowledge and expertise together with partners from different countries in large consortia. Such cooperation often reaches beyond the borders of Europe and takes in such countries as Canada, the United States or Israel. The shared aim of such cooperation is to improve the treatment of diseases for all patients.
The Federal Ministry of Education and Research supports research in the following areas together with many European and international funding organizations:
As well as great minds, modern health research needs good infrastructure. This includes buildings and high-precision measuring equipment. The Federal Research Ministry is working together with funding organizations from all over Europe to develop and maintain resources in the following areas:
These structures are open to all of Europe’s research scientists.
Achieving better health for all is a growing problem, especially in the world’s poorer countries. Global health care is therefore one of the responsibilities of health research. The Federal Research Ministry is particularly involved in the countries of southern and central Africa and supports international research activities in these countries. Targeted health research can contribute to significant improvements in medical care there. The focus is on research into neglected and poverty-related diseases. These include malaria, HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis as well as many worm and other parasitic infections.