German-Polish Call Announcement

Poland is a key partner for Germany, both as a neighbour and in the European Union. Alongside close political and economic relations, cooperation in science and research also plays an important role. This cooperation is based on the 1989 bilateral agreement on “Scientific and Technological Cooperation”.

One research topic which is of great interest to both sides is research for sustainable development. This deals with global challenges such as climate change, water scarcity and the shortage of raw materials. Universities and research institutions in Germany and Poland have long been cooperating in various ways; for example, within the framework of projects funded by the Federal Research Ministry or under the European Union’s Research Framework Programmes. The first joint German-Polish call for proposals was announced by the Federal Research Ministry (BMBF) and the Polish Ministry of Science in 2011. Bilateral cooperation in sustainability research is now entering a new round.

The BMBF and the National Centre for Research and Development of the Republic of Poland (NCBIR) are again funding bilateral research projects in sustainability research under a call for proposals on 1 September 2015 . This time the call will focus on funding small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). The aim is to strengthen the position of SMEs in the faster transfer of technology from the precompetitive phase to practical application.
The call for proposals is available at (in German)
An abridged version in English is available here (