Germany is very interested in international cooperation and exchange, and it supports not only its universities and non-university research institutes, but also its small and medium-sized enterprises when they engage in research cooperation with international partners. You can also benefit from this as a cooperation partner.
Where can I obtain more information?
The first place to look for information is the Kooperation international online portal. This website aims to be a communication platform on all aspects of international cooperation in education and research for anyone seeking information and cooperation partners. You will find details of bilateral partnerships and opportunities for participation in programmes and support measures as well as contact persons for your region or country.
First points of contact can also be, for example, the German Houses of Research and Innovation (DWIHs) in Moscow, New Delhi, New York, São Paulo and Tokyo. They provide information about research and funding opportunities for international collaborations and research stays.
You will find more information here: Points of contact abroad.
How can I find a suitable organisation?
If you are looking for a suitable cooperation partner, you can carry out searches of existing collaborations and research projects or directly seek an appropriate research institute. The following databases can be helpful here:
Cooperation with a German higher education institution
The German Rectors’ Conference offers a database containing information on over 33,000 international university partnerships with German higher education institutions: www.internationale-hochschulkooperationen.de/
Publicly funded research projects in Germany
Förderkatalog is a Federal Government database containing details of over 110,000 research projects (only in German). It enables you to find out what kind of research is being carried out in laboratories with public funds and who is working on which subjects.
GERiT – German Research Institutions
GERiT provides a comprehensive overview of approximately 25,000 German research institutions. Users can easily search the database by address, subject area or structural criteria.
Database of DFG-funded research projects
The German Project Information System (GEPRIS) provides information about ongoing and completed research projects funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (German Research Foundation, DFG), the largest research funding organisation and central self-governing organisation of the research community in Germany.
Funding opportunities for research collaborations
Research collaborations with foreign cooperation partners are supported by various funding bodies and organisations. Here you can find more information:
Initiating international collaborations
The Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (German Research Foundation, DFG) funds the initiation of international collaboration with material costs or grants to cover travel costs and exploratory visits. Applications for funding may usually only be submitted by researchers who work in Germany or German research institutions.
The European Union promotes international cooperation between researchers, institutions and companies in its member and partner countries through Horizon 2020, the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation.
Preparing an international collaboration
The International Bureau of the BMBF will finance the cost of a stay by a visiting international researcher if his or her visit contributes to the preparation of an international collaboration. Applications for funding can be submitted by the inviting universities, non-university research institutes or small and medium-sized enterprises.
Information on research funding
The Research funding section on our website offers access to the most important information about different funding programmes and grants.