The co-financed German Egyptian Research Fund (GERF) provides support for German-Egyptian research cooperation in areas of mutual interest. The grants are intended to give researchers – including young scientists – an opportunity to address new areas of scientific research. Research results generated in these projects are to be developed into concrete applications. In addition, a further aim of the joint research fund is to help scientific networks apply for funding under EU or national funding schemes.
The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and the Egyptian Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research (MoHESR) have commissioned two agencies: the Science and Technology Development Fund (STDF) for Egyptian applicants and the Project Management Agency (PT) DLR for German applicants.
Who Can Apply?
German-Egyptian research teams based at public or non-public Egyptian and German research organizations, public or non-public institutions of higher education, non-university research institutions or commercial companies, particularly small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), and non-governmental and civil society organizations are eligible for funding.
The announcement is open to researchers of all disciplines. Emphasis is given to joint projects including an interdisciplinary dimension and studying also the economic and social dimension of the below mentioned fields.
Special emphasis is put on cooperation between different partners in the area of R&D, their scientific qualifications, and the participation of industry partners. For this reason, project consortia should, if possible, include universities, public authorities, R&D institutions and companies in charge of the commercial application of applied research results.
An important additional asset for research proposals is the participation of young researchers.
What is Funded?
The aim of the joint funding programme is to fund and support joint innovative, application-oriented research projects. Applicants are particularly encouraged to submit proposals in the following fields:
Food Production and Food Safety, Management of Water Resource, Renewable Energy, Environmental Research, Material Sciences & Nanotechnology: Risk Assessment and Impact on man & Environment, Robotics and Mechatronics, Information & Communication Technology (ICT), Transportation and Urban Planning
Length of Funding
Grants up to 200,000 Euro for each joint project (German and Egyptian side up to EUR 100,000 each) with a duration of up to 24 months.