Research in Germany - Land of Ideas

A strong research community is characterized by its global competitiveness and international attractiveness.

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Would you like to work on first-class research projects in an inspirational setting? Some 30,000 scientists and scholars from countries all over the world are currently supported by German funding organizations.

With its High-Tech Strategy (HTS), the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) is determined to provide as much support as possible to science and research. One of the goals of the High-Tech Strategy is to establish long-term cooperation with countries that have a dynamic research environment and have become attractive partners for Germany in the fields of science and technology. Another goal is to promote the selected research areas of the High-Tech Strategy internationally and enhance the visibility of Germany as an outstanding research location.

A strong research community is characterized by its global competitiveness and international attractiveness. The Federal Government is supporting Germany’s international position and the establishment of strategic partnerships with institutions abroad through a campaign for innovation and research in Germany launched in 2006. Communication activities and events to raise awareness of innovation and research in Germany are being conducted worldwide under the umbrella of the "Research in Germany" initiative.

Within the context of the initiative "Promote Innovation and Research in Germany" selected fields of the High-Tech Strategy have been selected for thematic campaigns. Several regional campaigns aim to establish long-term cooperation with countries that have a dynamic research environment.

Country-specific priority campaigns

The initiative also supports the Federal Government's Internationalization Strategy, which aims to strengthen and develop R&D collaborations between Germany and selected target countries. Regional activities that are to raise awareness of innovation in Germany were carried out, for example, with South Korea (2006 - 2007), with India (2008 - 2010) and currently with Russion (2012 - 2014).

Consortium for international research marketing

A BMBF-funded consortium was formed together with the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (AvH), the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) and the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft (FhG) with the aim of intensifying international research marketing; the consortium will carry out various measures between 2010 and 2013 to increase the international visibility of research in Germany, including German research institutions and research funding programmes.

"Research in Germany" Internet portal and publications

The Internet portal www.research-in-germany.de was developed by the BMBF as a central platform which presents information in English about research activities in Germany; the website is edited by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). The portal and a regular newsletter provide foreign researchers and players from industry and politics with an overview of the German research landscape and the latest research news as well as information about careers, funding programmes and German research policy. Brochures published as part of the "Research in Germany" initiative can be ordered online here. Dispatch within Germany is free.