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									                                          Announcement by
                    the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)
                                                  and
          the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TÜBITAK)



Announcement of funding regulations for German-Turkish research and development
projects involving science and industry (2+2 projects) in selected scientific fields within
the framework of the Turkish-German Scientific and Technological Cooperation1.


1. Funding purpose and legal basis
1.1 Funding purpose


The aim is to intensify cooperation between German and Turkish representatives of science and
industry by means of 2+2 projects. The term “2+2 projects” refers to R&D projects with the
participation of at least one German and one Turkish research institution or university as well as
one German and one Turkish industry partner. Over a period of 3 years, the funding will enable
these institutions to lay the foundations for a lasting R&D partnership. It will be provided jointly
by the BMBF and TÜBITAK.


1.2 Legal basis
For German applicants:
Project grants can be awarded in accordance with the present funding regulations, the BMBF's
standard terms and conditions for grants on an expenditure or cost basis and the administrative
regulations under section 44 of the Federal Budget Code (BHO). There is no legal entitlement to
a grant. The provider of funding will decide freely after due assessment of the circumstances
and within the confines of the budget funds available.


For Turkish applicants:
The projects can be funded by TÜBITAK in accordance with the Law Concerning Establishment
of Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TÜBITAK), and its own funding
regulations and within the limits of the budget available.




2. Object of funding

1
 Turkish-German Scientific and Technological Cooperation is based an the Cooperation Agreement between
TÜBITAK and FZ Jülich GmbH in 1997 and the Minutes of Meeting of the Working Group Science, Research and
Technology.
Against the backdrop of the situation described above, this call for proposals has the aim of
supporting joint research projects in the area of applied research and development in the fields
of :


          Energy research
          Health
          Food


The joint research projects should make a contribution towards achieving the BMBF’s and
TÜBTAK’s objectives and/or those of the EU’s 7th Research Framework Programme.


Under this call for proposals, funding can be provided for joint projects that are expected to
produce insights and exploitable research results leading to new technologies, products and/or
services. The benefits for Germany and Turkey should be clearly identifiable.


3. Recipients of funding


Research organizations, state and non-state institutions of higher education, non-university
research institutions, and commercial companies, each with their headquarters in Germany or
Turkey are eligible to submit applications.


For German applicants: Research establishments which receive joint basic funding from the
Federal Government and the Länder can be granted project funding to cover additional
expenditure under certain conditions only. For commercial companies, the restrictions described
in the supplementary sheet on travel expenses apply.


For Turkish applicants: For universities, the restrictions described in the Rules of TÜBITAK 1001
Programme apply. For commercial companies, restrictions described in the Rules of TÜBITAK
1509 Programme apply.


4. Prerequisites for funding


R&D projects that include the participation of at least one German and one Turkish research
institution/university as well as one German and one Turkish industry partner (“2+2 projects”) is
a prerequisite.
The German and the Turkish partners must submit the jointly formulated proposal
simultaneously to the IB of the BMBF and the TÜBITAK, respectively. Unilaterally submitted
proposals will not be considered.


Before any funding is provided for the joint research project, all project partners must formalize
their cooperation by concluding a cooperation agreement.
In their own interest, applicants should familiarize themselves with the EU's Research
Framework Programme in the context of the envisaged project. They should check whether the
planned project includes specific European components which make it eligible for exclusive EU
funding. Furthermore, they should check whether an additional application for supplementary
funding can be submitted to the EU for the proposed national project. The results of these
enquiries should be described briefly in the project application.


5. Type, scope and rates of funding


Funding is provided in the form of non-repayable grants amounting to € 150,000 - € 450,000 per
project and country. The duration of the projects generally will be up to three years. However,
after the second year the project will be evaluated and funding for the third year approved. The
university and company should have equal shares of the overall funding. A allocation of 35-65 %
for the university (or company) is acceptable. The Projects may also use additional funds from
external sources. All types of expenses necessary in order to develop the partnership are
eligible. This can include the cost of events, work contracts, consumables, travel expenses,

personnel and investments. (For German applicants: costs that are part of the applicant’s

basic equipment and basic running expenses can not be supported).

Funding will be carried out in accordance with the existing legislation and regulations in both
countries. For further information, please contact the TÜBITAK and IB staff at contact details
given below. Grants for universities, research establishments and similar institutions are
calculated on the basis of the eligible project-related expenditure or, in the case of the Helmholtz
centres and the Fraunhofer Gesellschaft (FhG), on the basis of the eligible project-related costs.
Grants for Turkish universities are calculated on the basis of rules and principles of the
Programme 1001 of TÜBITAK.


For Industry/companies applicants:
Grants for commercial companies are calculated on the basis of the project-related costs eligible
for funding, up to 50% of which can as a rule be covered by grants, depending on the project’s
orientation towards application. The EC policy requires the applicants to make an appropriate
contribution – at least 50%, as a rule – towards the eligible costs incurred. The European
Commission's Community Framework for State Aid for Research and Development must be
taken into account when determining the rates of funding. The Community Framework allows
differentiated bonus arrangements for collaborative projects proposed by small and medium-
sized enterprises (SMEs), which may result in a higher rate of funding.
Grants for Turkish companies are calculated on the basis of rules and principles of the
Programme 1509 of TÜBİTAK.


6. Other terms and conditions for the awarding of grants


For German applicants:
The Nebenbestimmungen für Zuwendungen auf Kostenbasis des BMBF an Unternehmen der
gewerblichen Wirtschaft für Forschungs- und Entwicklungsvorhaben (Auxiliary Terms and
Conditions for Funds Provided by the BMBF to Commercial Companies for Research and
Development Projects on a Cost Basis – NKBF 98) will be part of the notification of award for
grants on a cost basis.


The Allgemeine Nebenbestimmungen für Zuwendungen zur Projektförderung (General Auxiliary
Conditions for Grants Provided for Projects on an Expenditure Basis – ANBest-P) and the
Besondere Nebenbestimmungen für Zuwendungen des BMBF zur Projektförderung auf
Ausgabenbasis (Special Auxiliary Terms and Conditions for Funds Provided by the BMBF for the
Promotion of Projects on Expenditure Basis – BNBest-BMBF 98) will form part of the notification
of award of grants on an expenditure basis.


7. Procedure


7.1 Involvement of TÜBITAK and the International Bureau (IB) of the BMBF (Handling,
specialist information and advice for applicants)
On the Turkish side, the following department has been entrusted with the implementation of the
funding activity:
       TÜBITAK
       International Cooperation Department
       Bilateral and Multilateral Relations Division
       Atatürk Bulvarı No:221
       06100 Kavaklıdere/Ankara
I      Internet: www.tubitak.gov.tr/uidb/ikili
It is recommended that Turkish applicants contact TÜBITAK prior to submitting the application if
they require further information or specialist advice. The contact person is:
       Hale Hacaloglu
       Phone. + 90 312 427 50 39
       Fax: + 90 312 427 74 83
       E-mail: uidb@tubitak.gov.tr


On the German side, the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) has entrusted the
following organization with the implementation of the funding activity:


       International Bureau of the BMBF (IB)
       c/o German Aerospace Center (DLR)
       Heinrich-Konen-Str. 1
       D-53227 Bonn
       Internet: www.internationales-buero.de


It is recommended that German applicants contact the IB prior to submitting the application if
they require further information or specialist advice. The contact person responsible for this call
for proposals is
       Akin Akkoyun
       Phone: +49 228 3821-470
       Fax: +49 228 3821-444
       E-mail: akin.akkoyun@dlr.de


7.2 Submission of funding applications


Application form can be downloaded from TÜBITAK and IB websites. The German and the
Turkish partners must submit the proposal in English simultaneously to TÜBITAK and BMBF/IB.
Unilaterally submitted proposals will not be considered.


On the Turkish side, 3 hard copies and 1 CD of the applications need to be submitted to the
International Cooperation Department of TÜBİTAK. The 2 + 2 Application Form should be filled
by both partners from the university and the industry and should be submitted to TÜBITAK as a
single proposal.
On the German side one hard copy and an electronic version of the applications need to be
submitted to the International Bureau of BMBF. Additionally Part A of the application has to be
submitted online at http://www.internationales-buero.de/de/3177.php


7.3 Selection and decision-making procedure


All proposals received are peer reviewed and processed independently by both sides (TÜBITAK
and BMBF / IB). Funding will only be provided if both the TÜBITAK and the IB agree to support
the project.
Essential for funding are the expected scientific progress and the potential for realization and
success in accordance with the objectives of this call.


Applications will be considered on the basis of the following criteria:
      Innovation, originality and plausibility of the approach
      Sustainability of the project; long-term strategy of the partnership.
      Commercial exploitability of the expected results
      Human resources development (assessment based on the involvement of graduate or
       PhD students and scientists in the early stages of their careers)
      Prospects for success (assessment based on availability of human resources and
       infrastructure, quality of project management and workplan)
      Relevance for the EU integration process (assessment based on association with
       multilateral networks, experience with EU Framework programmes).
      Scientific excellence and qualification of the applicant
      Scientific impact

The applicants will be informed in writing about the results of the evaluation. The International
Bureau at the DLR and TÜBITAK will conclude separately a funding contract under private law
with the selected German and Turkish coordinator, respectively.


The partners of the selected projects will submit a cooperation agreement between the partners
prior to the conclusion of the funding contract. A draft cooperation agreement will be made
available on the web sites of the International Bureau at the DLR and TÜBITAK after the
evaluation procedure is finalised.


7.4 Deadline for Applications
Proposals must be submitted no later than 01.05.2009 (postmark) to IB and TÜBITAK. The
submission of an application does not establish a legal claim to funding. Project funding is
expected to start on 1 October 2009.


8. Entry into force
These funding regulations will enter into force on the day of their publication on the
Bundesanzeiger and the TÜBITAK’s website.

								
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