The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation promotes academic cooperation between excellent scientists and scholars from abroad and Germany. The research fellowships and research awards allow international researchers to come to Germany to work on a research project together with a host and collaborative partner. Scientists or scholars from Germany can profit from support to carry out a research project abroad. The most important selection criterion is evidence of individual excellence.
The BME is the German professional association for materials management, purchasing and logistics. It provides services for around 9,000 members from various business sectors (manufacturing, trade, public-sector contracting authorities, etc.). Through its member companies, the BME represents an annual purchasing volume of EUR 1.25 trillion. An essential objective of the association is to set future trends and to promote economic developments and innovations. The BME has a section aimed specifically at public-sector contracting authorities in order to support public procurement.
On August 23, 2006 the Federal Government decided to establish the EFI with the mission to provide scientific advice to the Federal Government on the German innovation system. For this purpose the EFI periodically delivers reports on research, innovation and technological productivity in Germany. The report of the EFI builds on and develops further the technological performance reports, a reporting system which was provided before the establishment of the EFI.
The central task of the Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy is to reinvigorate the social market economy, stay innovative in the long term and strengthen the social fabric in Germany. The Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy needs to constantly guarantee competitiveness and a high level of employment. The Ministry has the necessary legal, administrative and coordinating mandate to fulfil this mission, e.g. in the area of energy, industry and innovation policies as well as in the area of competition, SMEs and European politics.
The Ministry is working to protect the public from environmental toxins and radiation and establish an intelligent and efficient use of raw materials; it seeks to advance climate action and promotes a use of natural resources that conserves biodiversity and secures habitats. In December 2013, the Chancellor issued a decree transferring responsibility for urban development, housing, rural infrastructure, public building law, the construction industry and federal buildings to the BMUB.
The Federal Ministry of Education and Research aims at enhancing the innovative strength of the country, creating sustainable employment and improving the quality of education. The portfolio of this ministry is broad and encompasses institutional funding of research organisations (except for Universities), programme funding, international representation in R&D matters and overall coordination as regards public R&D spending and publicly financed R&D structures.
Fraunhofer is Europe’s largest application-oriented research organisation and promotes and undertakes applied research in an international context which is of direct utility to private and public enterprise and of benefit to society as a whole. By developing technological innovations and novel systems solutions for their customers, the Fraunhofer Institutes help to reinforce the competitive strength of the economy in their region, throughout Germany and in Europe.
Under its Statutes, the sole aim of the Foundation is to provide direct support for science and research at universities and research institutes primarily in Germany, with a special emphasis on junior researchers.
In its capacity as the largest German funding organisation in the field of international academic cooperation, the DAAD, simultaneously fulfils responsibilities in the fields of foreign cultural and education policy, development policy and national higher education policy, which, for its part, sees the internationalisation of research, teaching and studies as a priority goal. In addition, the DAAD performs a number of intermediary roles within the scope of Europe’s education policy – especially with regard to the European Union’s exchange and mobility programmes.
The German Centre for Research on Higher Education and Science Studies provides research-based services to academia and scientific policy makers and is responsible for providing research infrastructure. On January 1, 2016 DZHW took over the Institute for Research Information and Quality Assurance (iFQ) which continues its work as DZHW's Department 2 "Research System & Science Dynamics".