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Internationales Büro des BMBF
International Bureau of the BMBF
German-Turkish Scientific and
Technological Cooperation (ST C)
The Scientific and Technological Re search Council of Turkey (TÜBİTAK) and the International
Bureau of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research of Germany (IB de s BMBF) invite
Turkish and German universities and non-university institutions active in research to submit joint
proposals for scientific and technologic al cooperation.
1. Background and objective s
Germany has an outstanding position in science and researc h in Europe and in a worldwide
comparis on. Turkey is one of the globally most strongly expanding national economies. There is thus
an attractive potential for scientific and technologic al cooperation in the two countries, which, however,
has not yet been adequately perceived by their scientific communities.
The International Bureau of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (IB des BMBF)
and the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TÜBİTAK ) therefore support
cooperation bet ween German and Turkish institutions in scientific research, technological
development and education for the preparation and implementation of joint projects, especially in the
thematic priorities of the European RTD Framework Programme and national research programmes.
1.1 Legal basi s
The legal basis for the Scientific and Technological Cooperation (S TC) between Turkey and Germany
is the Cooperation Agreement and Executive Protocol of January 1997. The submission of an
application does not establish a legal claim to funding.
2. Nature of support
Support is generally provided for the exchange of experts aiming at
Exploring opport unities for cooperation
Establishing and intensifying contacts with Turkish and German institutions, respectively
Organizing bilateral workshops
Performing feasibility and pilot investigations
Conducting mobility projects
Preparing joint projects for national or European research programmes, and/or
Building up sustainable cooperation structures
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2.1 Thematic priorities
Preference will be given to projects in the field of applied researc h related to the following thematic
priorities of relevance for the specialist programmes of the BMBF, the priority technological areas
identified by the Turkish Supreme Council for Science and Technology SCS T, and the European RTD
Life Sciences (Health Research, Food, Agriculture and Biotechnology)
New Technologies (Information and Communication Technologies, Nanosciences,
Nanotechnologies, Materials and New Production Tec hnologies, Renewable Energies)
Sustainability (Environment, System Earth including Climat e Change)
3. Who will be supported?
Applications may be submitted by German and Turkish universities and non -university research
institutions, including business enterprises headquartered in Germany or Turkey and clinics active in
research. Only joint applications of at least one partner from each country will be eligible for
evaluation. Applications involving small and medium -sized enterprises will be preferred. The
incorporation of Mediterranean countries of the Barcelona Process, the Black Sea Cooperation or
other part ner countries within the framework of corresponding cooperation agreements is possible.
The cost of such participation shall normally be borne by third countries.
Applications with proven experience with EU projects of at least one part ner will be treated
preferentially. If none of the partners involved has such experience, it should be described in the
project planning how the project period will be used to create the prerequisites required for a
competitive research proposal within the European RTD Framework Programme.
4. Prerequisites for funding
The International Bureau generally only provides a contribution to the additional costs caused by the
cooperation (supplementary financing). It is expected that the cooperation partners are able to bear
their share in the direct project costs at home and abroad (basic financing) and that the experts
involved are in a national employment relationship and are seconded by their home institution.
TÜBİTAK, may provide additional research funds to the Turkish project teams beyond t he support for
exchange of project researchers, in case it is requested in project proposal.
5. Type, scope and rates of funding
Funds will be awarded as non-repayable grants.
For the exchange of experts, the sending party (IB or TÜBİTAK ) will cover all related costs connected
with travel and lodging according to their own regulations and allowances. This includes folowing
TÜBİTAK will cover the following expenses of the Turkish researchers:
International flight tickets (economic class);
Short term visits (up to 25 days) 50 Euro/day
Long term visits (up to 3 months) 1250 Euro/month
IB will cover the following expenses of the German rese archers:
International flight tickets;
Short term visits (up to 22 days) max. 82 Euro/day
Long term visits (up to 3 months) max. 1840 Euro/month and mx. 61 Euro/ day for the
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If further partner countries are involved, it is assumed that they bear the associated analogous costs.
In s pecial cases, for the German side additional expenditure can be borne (e.g. ex pendables for
feasibility or pilot studies, contracts for work and services), unless this is to be allocated to the
institutions' national basic financing. For further information, please cont act IB officials at the
coordinates given below.
For the Turkish Side, TÜBİTAK may provide additional research funds whenever they consider it
appropriate. For further information, pleas e contact TÜBİTAK officials at the coordinat es given below.
The duration of the project should not exceed 3 years.
6. Other terms and conditions of funding
It is expected that the project partners, during the project period, keep track of the relevant national
funding programmes and the EU RTD Framework Programme and consult with the BMBF project
management agencies (www.bmbf. de/de/ 381. php ) and the National Contact Points for the E U RTD
Framework Programme (www.rp6.de/beratung/deutscheberatungsstrukturen/nks ,
http://www. fp6.org in order to ensure that the cooperation can lead to a competitive project under a
national funding programme or the EU RTD Framework Programme. The result is to be described in
the final report.
In general, the project should be completed by a concluding workshop – if possible, including further
strategic part ners. This workshop should serve to discuss and disseminate the project results, and to
agree on the further procedure to stabilize the cooperation, including the perspectives to develop a
project proposal for the European RTD Framework Programme or other relevant programmes. The
expenditure involved can be included within the framework of the project.
7. Decision-making procedure
Proposals will be evaluated independently by TÜBİTAK and IB des BMBF using their own procedures,
and only those approved by bot h sides will be funded.
7.1 Selection criteria
The projects will be assessed according to the following selection criteria:
Scientific quality of the project and originality of the approach
Impact on the bilateral scientific and technological relations and mutual benefit
Intensity of the collaboration wit h the foreign partner(s)
Technology transfer and human resources development and promotion of early career
Perspectives for building up proposals for the EU RTD Framework Programme or other
research funding programmes as follow-up
Perspectives for social and economic impact
7.2 Submitting an application
The relevant project proposal forms must be duly filled in English and signed by the German and
Turkish project-coordinators. Curricula vitae of both research teams should be attached.
The Turkish coordinator must submit two hard copies and one CD of the propos al to TÜBİTAK at the
address given below.
The German coordinator must submit the proposal to IB des BMBF in writing and beforehand
electronic ally (without signatures) at the address given below.
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The submission of an application does not establish a legal claim for funding.
7.3 Application form s
The documents and forms for applications in Germany are available on the International Bureau's
website at http://www.internationales-buero.de/de/978.php .
The documents and form s for applications in Turkey are available on TÜBİTAK’ s website at
http://www.tubitak.gov.tr/uidb under the link “Ikili ve Coklu Ili skiler Mudurlugu” > Federal
Almanya/Jülich Araştırma Merkezi > Genel Bilgiler/Proje Öneri Formu
7.4 Deadlines for applications
Applications are accepted and processed continuously.
Applicants in Germany should cont act:
Internationales Büro des BMBF
am Forschungszent rum Jülich GmbH
For scientific or strat egic questions:
Dr. Sybille Krummacher
Tel.: +49 – (0)2461 – 61. 2206
Fax: +49 – (0)2461 – 61. 3635
For administrative questions:
Tel.: +49 – (0)228 – 3821 – 465
Fax: +49 – (0)228 – 3821 – 444
Applicants in Turkey should contact:
The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey
- TÜB İTAK -
Department of International Cooperation
Atatürk Bulvarı No. 221
TR-06100 Ankara, Turkey
url: http://www.tubit ak.gov.tr/uidb
Tel.: +90 – (0)312 – 427 50 39 +90 – (0)312 – 468 53 00/ 1753
Fax: +90 – (0)312 – 427 74 83
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9. Further information and advice
The project management agencies are available for providing advice on the funding programmes of
the BMBF. Information, addresses and contacts are available from:
Förderberatung des BMBF
(Funding Advice Bureau)
Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH
Projektträger Jülich (Pt J)
Internet: http://www. foerderinfo.bmbf.de/
Free hotlines (inside Germany): Research funding: +49 – (0)800-2623 008
SME funding: +49 – (0)800-2623 009
The national contact points of the Federal Government inform and advis e applicants on the EU
funding programmes. The German portal of the Sixth and Seventh Research Framework
Programmes at http://www.rp6.de/ provides initial information, addresses and details of contact
persons at the national contact points.
Further information on the Internet:
The Federal Government's Funding Data Bank on the homepage of the Federal Ministry of
Economics and Tec hnology (BMWi) provides complete and up-to-date information on the funding
programmes and regulations at federal, Länder and EU level.
Information on the research institutions in Germany can be obtained, e.g. at
http://www. forschungsportal.net/ or http://www.bmbf. de/pub/bufo2004.pdf or
Information on completed and ongoing BMBF and BMWi research funding projects is available at
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