International Bureau (Coordinator)
of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) at the German Aerospace Centre (DLR)
The Project Management Agency of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) at the German Aerospace Centre (DLR) assists the BMBF in the planning and implementation of a wide range of national research programmes in various thematic areas and related European and international affairs. It provides direct services to the Ministry and also administers BMBF funding to German higher education and public research institutions and industries.
The International Bureau of the BMBF (IB) as part of the DLR supports bilateral cooperation in science, technology and education with about 50 countries around the world, with a special emphasis on Latin- and North American countries, with well implemented bilateral cooperation schemes active since more than two decades. The most important partner countries from LA are Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Mexico. The IB has a wide experience with coordinating and participating in EU projects, which are aimed to develop the framework for international S&T cooperation. With respect to Latin America, the IB plays an important role in the EULARINET (funded in the INCO-programme of the FP7), the ERANet EULANEST and the BILAT Mexico project.
Through its long-standing experience with the S&T cooperation of Germany and proactive participation in a number of EU Coordination and Support Activities and the coordination, the DLR has developed specific expertise to coordinate the proposed Access4EU project. In addition, the DLR will participate in a couple of other Access4EU projects, which will enhance synergies and reciprocity of methodologies and information flow.
Foundation for Research and Technology Hellas (Greece)
HELP-FORWARD is the strategic alliance of the Research and the Industrial world in Greece. It was established by the Foundation for Research and Technology-Hellas (FORTH) and the Federation of Greek Industries (FGI) in 1991, with the support of the General Secretariat for Research and Technology (GSRT) and aimed primarily at the promotion of the participation of Greek firms and laboratories in the EU RTD programmes. Since December 1995, enforced with the cooperation of the Federation of Industries for Northern Greece (FING), HELP-FORWARD has become a member of the Innovation Relay Centre (IRC) Network with the mandate of promoting RTD results exploitation and European co-operation in research and technology. Since then, HELP-FORWARD renews successfully every four years its mandate as an IRC. Since 1999, HELP-FORWARD has been the National Contact Point (NCP) in Greece for the 5th and the 6th Framework Programme (FP) and since 2007 it has been appointed as the NCP for the 7th FP. HELP-FORWARD has participated in 30 projects (13 as co-ordinator, 27 of them European), all of them related to provision of services to SMEs, laboratories and public organisations in Greece and abroad on research, innovation and technology transfer issues (information, mediation, partner search, advisory and training services).
Institute for Development Research (France)
An institute at the service of Southern countries
The Institut de Recherche pour le Développement is a French public research institute that has been working in Southern countries for over sixty years. It operates under the joint authority of the French ministries responsible for research and overseas development. All its work – in research, consultancy and capacity-building activities – is designed to assist the economic, social and cultural development of Southern countries. The work hinges around six priorities:
Partnerships in France and in the world
In close collaboration with their colleagues in partner institutions, 858 researchers, 973 engineers and technicians and 341 local staff were at work in some fifty countries in 2008. They took part in numerous national, European and international programs.
In September 2008 the IRD moved its head office to Marseille. It has 30 other establishments including two in Metropolitan France (Bondy and Montpellier), five in the French overseas territories (la Réunion, French Guiana, Martinique, New Caledonia and French Polynesia) and 23 in countries of the intertropical zone in Africa, the Mediterranean, Asia and Latin America.
Mobilising the scientific community in support of the South
Through AIRD, the Agence inter-établissements de recherche pour le développement, the IRD has the task of mobilising French and European universities and major research bodies to work on priority research issues for development in the South. The founder members of AIRD are Cirad, the CNRS, the Conférence des Présidents d’Université, Inserm, the Institut Pasteur and the IRD.
National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (Brazil)
CNPq is a public foundation created in 1951 and, since 1985, is linked to the Brazilian Ministry of Science and Technology (MCT). CNPq’s mission is to promote and stimulate the Scientific and Technological Development of the country and to contribute to the formulation of national S&T policy through human resources capacity building and financing of research projects.
CNPq has been fostering Brazilian scientific and technological research through the support of researchers’ capacity building – at master, doctoral and specialization levels in a wide variety of fields - and also through the financing of research projects in key scientific and technological areas, effectively contributing to Brazilian progress, through the following actions: capacity building and science education. The institutes with aim at technological development must have a strong interaction with the industry and the Brazilian System of Technology.
CNPq in partnership with MCT and other Brazilian Ministries, like Ministry of Health, Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Social Development and CAPES (the Brazilian Agency for Support and Evaluation for Graduate Education, of the Ministry of Education), support scientific and technological development and capacity building of Brazilian human resources through the launching of specific national call for proposals.
The International Cooperation Office – ASCIN/CNPq, aims to promote and integrate the national scientific and technological community to foreign researcher institutions. This is done by Agreements signed among CNPq and partners from all over the world.
This support is important to the development of cooperation activities in Science, Technology and Innovation (C&T&I) among Brazilians researchers and the international scientific and technological community to contribute, in a sustainable way to the scientific and technological development of the involved countries by the generation and the appropriation of knowledge and increasing of technological capacity of these countries. The financial support is aimed to complement the mobility of the scientists and participants in Research Exchanges, bilateral cooperative Research Projects in C&T&I and Events.