Federal Ministry of Education and Research Announcement within the framework of the Federal Government’s Strategy for the Internationalisation of Science and Research Fifth joint announcement by the Science and Technology Development Fund (STDF) of the Arab Republic of Egypt
and the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)
of the Federal Republic of Germany
of regulations governing the funding of joint innovative projects in the field of applied research
through the “German-Egyptian Research Fund” (GERF)
1. Funding purpose and legal basis
1.1 Funding purpose
On the occasion of the closing event of the "German-Egyptian Year of Science and Technology
2007" in Berlin, the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and the
Egyptian Ministry of Scientific Research (MoSR) agreed to establish a German-Egyptian
Research Fund (GERF) for the support of joint application-oriented research projects.
With the aim of promoting bilateral research cooperation between the two countries in areas of
mutual interest, grants are to be provided to give researchers - including young scientists - an
opportunity to address new areas of scientific research. Research results generated in these
projects are to be developed into concrete applications. In addition, a further aim of the joint
research fund is to help scientific networks to apply for funding under the EU's HORIZON2020
Research Programme or under national funding schemes.
1.2 Legal basis
This announcement is based on the ‘Declaration Concerning the Establishment of a Joint Fund in
the Field of Applied Research' of 2007. Funding will be awarded in accordance with the respective
national project funding regulations applicable in Egypt and Germany [cf. Section 6 of this
2. Object of funding
The aim of this fifth joint announcement is to fund and support joint innovative, applicationoriented
research projects. Applicants are particularly encouraged to submit proposals in the
- Agricultural Research and Natural Resource Management (including Water Resources,
Food Production and Food Safety)
- Renewable Energy
- Material Sciences and Engineering
- Health Sciences
- Information and Communication Technology (ICT)
- Urban Planning (including Transportation resp. Traffic Planning and Management)
The announcement is open to researchers of all disciplines. Emphasis is given to joint projects
including an interdisciplinary dimension and studying also the economic and social dimension of
the aforementioned fields.
Special emphasis is put on cooperation between different partners in the area of R&D, their
scientific qualifications, and the participation of industry partners. For this reason, project
consortia should, if possible, include universities, public authorities, R&D institutions and
companies in charge of the commercial application of applied research results.
An important additional asset for research proposals is the participation of young researchers.
Measures for the promotion of export activities will not be funded under this call
3. Funding recipients
German-Egyptian research teams based at public or non-public Egyptian and German research
organizations, public or non-public institutions of higher education, non-university research
institutions or commercial companies, particularly small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), and non-governmental and civil society organizations [cf. Section 6 of this announcement] are
eligible for funding.
Research institutions that receive joint basic funding from the Federal Government and the
Länder can only be granted project funding supplementary to their basic funding to cover
additional expenditure under certain preconditions.