DLR - International Bureau of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research
Internationales Büro des BMBF
The International Bureau (IB) of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) at the German Aerospace Centre (DLR) implements, on behalf of BMBF, a wide range of international cooperation activities. The IB is part of the Project Management Agency at the German Aerospace Centre (PT-DLR), which is the largest funding agency working for the BMBF and other governmental bodies. It provides direct services to the Ministry and administers also BMBF–support for German Universities, public research institutions and industries to identify and develop international links in strategic fields of mutual interest. IB-DLR is preparing joint research activities in strategic fields of common interest, basically linked to national and European research funding programmes. It supports bi-lateral cooperation programmes in S&T with about 30 countries around the world in order to facilitate the preparation and implementation of international cooperation of German institutions. For these programmes BMBF provides an annual budget of app. 5 Mio €. In addition, IB coordinates a number of accompanying measures to set up a framework for the stimulation of future cooperation in close cooperation with BMBF. The most important partner countries from the ASEAN members are Vietnam and Indonesia. Bi-lateral cooperation agreements between BMBF and MOST (Vietnam) and RISTEK (Indonesia) exist since 9 years (Vietnam) and almost 30 years (Indonesia). Numerous workshops, fact-finding missions and preparatory activities for research projects have been organised by IB under the umbrella of these agreements. In addition a lot of bi-lateral cooperation projects and preparatory visits have been funded by the IB. Besides the promotion of joint research activities BMBF has special agreements about cooperation in the field of science management with both countries. German experts were sent to MOST and RISTEK for 4 and 6 years respectively to work as policy advisers in the partner ministries. Both countries asked BMBF as well to support a strategic evaluation of their S&T performance which was conducted by joint research groups. IB-DLR participates already in a number of EU-projects for setting up frameworks for international cooperation, e.g. SEE-ERA-NET (Western Balkan) and EULANEST (Latin America). In addition to that, IB-DLR coordinates the TACIS project "Innovations and strategy in the use of intellectual property”.