The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) manages a good half of all the public funding provided for research projects. Both individual project funding and institutional funding are offered. The majority of the funding is coordinated through the project management agencies of the BMBF.
Submitting Proposals to the BMBF
Proposals for projects are submitted either in a two-step process, in which the proposals are first reviewed on the basis of a project outline, or in one-step process, in which a full proposal is submitted directly. In both cases, the (final) proposal must include a detailed description of the project and the “Application for Grants on an Expenditure Basis” (AZA) form. The latter must be signed by the university administration in a legally binding manner.
The Research Advising Unit assists you with all of the requirements related to AZA applications and with planning the administrative implementation of proposed projects. In particular, this includes calculating personnel costs, handling subcontracts as well as the formal information in the applications and subsequent submissions to project proposals. The AZAs are created via the BMBF’s easy-Online portal.
The BMBF primarily funds research projects involving several partners (collaborative research). The partners can be both private and public institutions. In both cases, the implementation of the project is governed by cooperation and partnership agreements. The legal advisors from the Research Advising Unit will be happy to help you draft these agreements.
Regardless of which phase of the application process you are in, we are here to answer any questions you may have and assist you with submitting your proposal. Please be sure to contact us early on in the process to ensure that the AZA applications are signed by the university administration on time.