International collaborations

International collaborations

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.

More information: 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:

International university cooperation

The German Rectors’ Conference offers a database that contains information on 33,000 international collaborations with German universities. You will also find the profiles, postal and Internet addresses of higher education institutions in Germany here.

Publicly funded research projects in Germany
Förderkatalog is a Federal Government database containing details of over 110,000 research projects. 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. (only in German)

Research directory of over 25,000 institutes
GERiT – German Research Institutions – is a website containing information on approximately 25,000 research institutions in Germany. GERiT allows the user to search easily by location or subject. It provides all the information needed to choose an institution at which to research, study or do a doctorate.

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. > Initiation of International Collaboration

EU funding
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.