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Federal Ministry of Education and Research, Germany


Acronym: BMBF

Country: Germany

Role in CIRCLE-2: Contributing Partner



The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) maintain an official presence in both, Bonn and Berlin. The ministry employs a total staff of around 1000. A total budget of 8.3 billion EURO is presently allocated to the ministry for the fields of basic issues, European and international cooperation, general education, vocational education and training, higher education, transport and aerospace research, information and communication, new technologies, health, life sciences and sustainability. Research on Climate is covered by the Hightech-Strategy on Climate Protection. Research in the Federal Republic of Germany is carried out by a lot of organisations. Universities and "Fachhochschulen" receive numerous forms of funding and support from the BMBF, in large parts administered by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG). The BMBF supports furthermore a variety of research institutions, which are funded jointly with the Bundesländer. These are in particular:

  • the Hermann von Helmholtz-Gemeinschaft Deutscher Forschungszentren (HGF),
  • the Max-Planck-Gesellschaft (MPG),
  • the Wissenschaftsgemeinschaft Gottfried Wilhelm Leibnitz (WGL).

The BMBF calls on project management organisations as well as independent consultants for the evaluation and supervision of project funded research.

BMBF participated as a Partner in CIRCLE CA, several other ERA-Nets and has experience in European and international research programme cooperation.

Key Personnel

photo Henk van Liempt