The EU Bureau of the BMBF is the general contact to obtain cross-sectional information and answers to questions relating to Horizon2020, the EU framework programme for research and innovation. The aim is to familiarise interested parties with the funding measures, types of projects and tools, application and valuation processes, participation rules and contract modalities, which are relevant to them, and to pass them on to suitable contacts where needed.
The EU Bureau of the BMBF acts as a branch of the network of national contacts for Horizon2020 in Germany and also contains several national contacts. The Federal Ministry of Research has set up the national contacts to act as intermediaries between the applicants, the European Commission and the Ministry. Its most important task is to provide information and advice to applicants and to those carrying out projects. In addition, the national contacts also work alongside the Ministries’ specialist departments responsible and support German delegations in the programme committees in Brussels, where implementation of the EU programmes is discussed.
In 2001, the Federal Ministry of Research set up the contact „Women in EU research“ at the EU Bureau of the BMBF, which advises women scientists on EU framework programmes for research and innovation. The aim is to increase the proportion of women in research and development and to open up career opportunities for women in European research.
Since May 2004, the EU Bureau of the BMBF has also offered support and advice on the European research collaboration, and it is Germany’s federal site for coordination and contact for “Eurydice - Information network for education in Europe“.
In addition to its own website, the EU Bureau of the BMBF also manages the German portal for Horizon 2020.