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8 April 2014

1 Purpose of funding, legal basis

1.1 Purpose of the grant

In accordance with the Framework Agreement on Cooperation in Scientific Research and Technological Development between the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany and the Government of the Argentine Republic of November 28, 1969, regular announcements are made between the Federal Ministry for the internationalization of science and research to promote mobility accompanying projects for Education and Research (BMBF) in Germany and the Ministry of Science, Technology and Productive Innovation in Argentina.

1.2 Legal basis

Projects can be funded through grants in accordance with these guidelines, the BMBF standard guidelines for grants on an expenditure or cost basis and the administrative regulations for §§ 23, 44 of the Federal Budget Code (BHO). There is no legal entitlement to a grant. The donor decides on the basis of his due discretion within the framework of the available budget.

2 Subject of funding

Promotion of cooperation in the field of scientific research and technological development between Germany and Argentina by supporting the exchange of scientists in joint research projects. Application-oriented projects and projects with industry / SME participation are preferred.

According to the bilateral agreements of the 2013 WTZ commission meeting, priority will be given to projects in the following areas:

  • Bioeconomy and Biomedicine
  • Environmental research and geosciences (including marine and polar research)
  • Engineering sciences (including information and communication sciences)
  • Humanities and social sciences (as a cross-cutting topic, if it is thematically related to the above topics)

Further thematic areas can be funded if a particular specific interest of the partner countries or Germany can be shown.

3 beneficiaries

Beneficiaries can be commercial companies operating in Germany - especially small ones

and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) * - and other institutions that provide research contributions and meet the funding purpose and funding requirements, as well as universities or non-university research institutions. Research institutions that are jointly funded by the federal government and the federal states can only be granted project funding for their additional expenditure in addition to their basic funding under certain conditions.

4 Eligibility requirements

Each project outline must be submitted by at least two eligible institutions. At least one institution must come from Germany and one from Argentina.

Applicants should - also in their own interest - familiarize themselves with the EU research framework program in the context of the planned national project. They are supposed to check whether the intended project has specific European components and thus whether exclusive EU funding is possible. Furthermore, it must be checked to what extent an additional funding application can be submitted to the EU in the context of the planned national project. The result of the tests should be briefly presented in the national funding application.

Only for joint projects:

The partners of a "joint project" have to regulate their cooperation in a cooperation agreement. Before the funding decision is made, evidence of a basic agreement on certain criteria specified by the BMBF must be proven. Details can be found in a BMBF leaflet - form 0110 - (https://foerderportal.bund.de/easy/module/easy_formulare/download.php?atei=220).

5 Type, scope and amount of the donation

The grants can be granted in the form of project funding as non-repayable grants for 24 months.

The basis of assessment for grants to commercial companies are the eligible project-related costs, which can usually be financed up to 50% depending on the application of the project. According to BMBF principles, an appropriate personal contribution - in principle at least 50% of the costs that are eligible for funding - is required.

The assessment basis for universities, research and scientific institutions and comparable institutions are the eligible project-related expenses (at Helmholtz Centers and the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft [FhG] the eligible project-related costs), which can be funded individually up to 100%.

The calculation of the respective funding quota must take into account the EU Commission's Community framework for state aid for R&D. This community framework allows for a differentiated bonus scheme for joint projects and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), which may lead to a higher funding rate.

Funding provides for the following eligible expenses / costs:

As part of the present announcement, there are two funding options (I mobility projects and II research projects with limited human resources). Applicants must choose one of these two options. Applicants who apply for both options will not be considered. The available federal funds allow funding of around ten mobility projects (funding option I) and three research projects (funding option II) from the beginning of 2015.

Funding option I: mobility projects

  1. Exchange of experts and young scientists
    The following applies to the funding of travel expenses for German project researchers:

    The costs of travel to and from the project (for flight tickets: economy class up to 1,500 euros) to and from the location of the project partner will be borne by the sending country and the daily allowance by the receiving country.

    The foreign project partner is generally responsible for providing daily allowances for German experts abroad.

  2. The following applies to the funding of travel expenses for foreign project researchers:

    Daily allowances and project-related domestic travel costs (per person): As a rule, the stay in Germany is paid for a maximum of three months per year by the German grantor with fixed flat rates of 104 euros per day or 2,300 euros per month (if the stay is 23 and 31 days). A daily flat rate of 77 euros per day is paid for individual days in the following month. Arrival and departure days count together as one day.

    Contributions to health insurance and possibly other insurance are already included in this flat rate

    covered and to be paid by the beneficiaries themselves.

    The cost of travel to and from the project partner's location will be borne by the sending country.

  3. Material resources:

    The granting of project-related material grants (consumables, equipment, business requirements, transport costs, rents, orders, etc.) is possible to a limited extent in justified exceptional cases.

  4. Workshops

    Workshops with already known partners or to develop new cooperation potentials can be supported as follows:

    For the implementation of bilateral workshops in Germany, material costs such as B. the accommodation of the foreign guests, the transfer in Germany, the content preparation, hospitality and the rental of premises subsidized. The amount of the grant depends on the scope of the event and the number of foreign guests. In these cases, no daily allowance (see letter b) is paid.

    Funding option II: Research projects with limited human resources

    a), b), c) and d) as for funding option I and:

  5. Personnel costs:

    Project-related personnel costs, i.e. costs for employees employed in Germany who are specifically assigned to researchers involved in the project and do not belong to the regular team, e.g. doctoral students, post-doctoral students or other scientific assistants, can be financed. As a rule, a maximum of half a position is funded for a research assistant for up to two years (up to analogue TVöD 13 II).

  6. Project flat rate
    Universities (state and non-state) and university clinics (regardless of the legal form) can apply for a project lump sum in addition to the grant for research projects in the amount of 20 percent of the grant if the overall financing plan contains federal funds for staff, awarding of contracts, rents and computer costs and / or Investments are granted.

With both funding options, the usual basic equipment is not taken over or subsidized, such as:

  • Expenses for z. B. Office supplies or communications
  • Laboratory and IT equipment

6 Other grant provisions

The general ancillary provisions for cost-based grants by the BMBF to commercial companies for R&D projects (NKBF98) are part of a cost-based grant notification.

The general ancillary provisions for grants for project funding (ANBest-P) and the special ancillary provisions for grants from the BMBF for project funding on an expenditure basis (BNBest-BMBF98) are part of a grant notification on an expenditure basis.

7 procedure

7.1 Involvement of a project sponsor and request for documents

The BMBF has currently commissioned:

Promoter
at the German Aerospace Center (DLR)
International office
Heinrich-Konen-Strasse 1
53227 Bonn
Internet: http://www.internationales-buero.de

Contact persons are:

Technical contact at the international office:

Jonas Kliesow
Phone: +49 2 28/38 21-14 38
Fax: +49 2 28/38 21-14 00
Email: [email protected]

Administrative contact at the international office:

Gabriele Al-Khinli
Phone: +49 2 28/38 21-14 35
Fax: +49 2 28/38 21-14 00
Email: [email protected]

If you have technical questions (not about the content of the announcement) about the web-based application, please contact:

Project Management International Office (PT-IB)
At the German Aerospace Center (DLR)
Thorsten Krämer
Heinrich-Konen-Strasse 1
53227 Bonn
Phone: 02 28/38 21-19 84
Email: [email protected]

It is recommended to contact the project sponsor for advice on applications. Further information and explanations are available there.

7.2 Submission of formal funding applications and decision-making procedures

On the German side, the procedure is in two stages.

7.2.1 Submission and selection of project outlines

In the first stage of the process, detailed project sketches are initially in German by no later than

June 30, 2014

via the electronic sketch tool PT-Outline (https://www.pt-it.de/ptoutline/application/ARG14WTZ) - to be submitted.

The submission deadline is not considered a deadline. However, project outlines arriving late may no longer be able to be taken into account.

A legal claim cannot be derived from the submission of a project outline.

The following structure is to be used for the project outline:

  • Part A. These fields are an integral part of every announcement and are entered using a predefined web form.
    • A.I information for administrative purposes
    • A.II financial overview
  • Part B. An individual project description tailored to the funding announcement with the following structure:
    • B.I goals, excellence and originality of the project
    • B.II state of the art in science and technology; previous work
    • B.III Detailed description of the methodology and the work plan
    • B.IV Use and usability of the results
    • B.V cooperation with third parties
    • B.VI Necessity of the donation
    • B.VII attachments, if applicable

The project description (Part B) can be uploaded as a document (word or pdf document) in PT-Outline.

The project outline is the basis for the technical and content evaluation of the project. The project description should therefore contain assessable statements on all points (see structure of the project description). The description should not exceed 10 pages.

A signed version of the project outline (created as a PDF document from PT Outline) must be sent to the International Bureau immediately to the following address:

Promoter
at the German Aerospace Center (DLR)
International office
Gabriele Al-Khinli and Jonas Kliesow
Heinrich-Konen-Strasse 1
53227 Bonn

The project outlines received will be assessed on the basis of the following criteria:

  • Conformity with the content-related priorities specified under Nos. 1 and 2 and fulfillment of the specified formal conditions
  • Qualifications of the applicant and the partners involved
  • Professional quality and originality of the project
  • Initiation of new partnerships
  • Quality of cooperation and added value for the partner institutions
  • Promotion of young scientists
  • Scientific benefit and usability of the expected results
  • Appropriateness and necessity of the requested funding
  • Securing the overall financing of the project over the entire duration

The project ideas suitable for funding are then selected on the basis of the evaluation criteria mentioned above. The interested parties will be informed of the selection result in writing.

The applicant has no legal right to the return of a submitted project outline.

 

7.2.2 Submission of formal funding applications and decision-making procedures

In the second stage of the process, if project outlines are positively evaluated, the submitting institutions are requested to submit a formal funding application, if necessary in consultation with the intended network coordinator, which will be decided upon after a final examination.

The formal application must be accompanied by a short version of the project description in German in accordance with the "Guidelines for grant applications on an expenditure basis" or "Guidelines for grant applications on a cost basis".

For the approval, payment and accounting of the grant as well as for the verification and checking of the use and the possibly necessary cancellation of the grant notice and the reclaim of the granted grant, the administrative regulations to § 44 BHO as well as §§ 48 to 49a of the Administrative Procedure Act apply, insofar as Deviations are not permitted in these funding guidelines.

8 cases in Argentina

The Argentine partners have to submit an application to MINCyT by June 30, 2014. Contact person is:

Lic. Micaela Bomba
Phone: +54 11/48 99-50 00 int. 41 16
Fax: +54 11/48 91-84 60
Email: [email protected]
http://www.mincyt.gov.ar

Come into effect

This announcement comes into force on the day of its publication in the Federal Gazette.

Bonn, April 8, 2014

Federal Ministry
for education and research

On behalf
Stefan Schneider


* According to the EU definition of SMEs: The category of micro, small and medium-sized enterprises includes those companies that employ fewer than 250 people and either achieve an annual turnover of no more than € 50 million or whose annual balance sheet total does not exceed € 43 million . amounts to. The following applies within this category: Small companies are defined as companies that employ fewer than 50 people and whose annual turnover or annual balance sheet total does not exceed € 10 million. Micro-enterprises are defined as companies that employ fewer than ten people and whose annual turnover or annual balance sheet total does not exceed € 2 million. As a rule, most SMEs are independent, i. In other words, they are either completely independent or there are partnerships with other companies with one or more minority interests (each of less than 25%) (see Section 2.3.1, p. 16). If the share held is higher but does not exceed 50%, there is a relationship between partner companies (see section 2.3.2, p. 20). If it is above this threshold, the companies are connected to one another (see Section 2.3.3, p. 23)
Source: http://ec.europa.eu/enterprise/enterprise_policy/sme_definition/sme_user_guide_de.pdf and http://ec.europa.eu/enterprise/policies/sme/facts-figures-analysis/sme-definition/index_en. htm