Partner 7: (DE: Germany) BMBF … Ministry of Education and Research

The Federal Ministry of Education and Research in Germany (BMBF) is the ministry primarily responsible
for defining and executing the German federal government’s educational and research policy. The BMBF
performs a number of different tasks within the scope of its constitutional responsibility:

· regulation of non-school vocational education and training and continuing education and the necessary policy and coordination tasks,
· Support for research,
· Legislation governing training assistance and its financing (together with the federal states),
· Talent promotion, support for young researchers, and
· Promotion of the international exchange of trainees, students, participants in continuing education programmes, instructors, academics and scientists.

By means of special funding programmes, which are based on public competitive calls and peer-review
evaluations, the BMBF supports innovative projects in various research sectors; e.g. in basic sciences,
sustainable development, information and communications technologies, life sciences, production
research, chemistry and materials science, transport or space research.

The Federal Ministry of Education and Research has been directed by Federal Minister Prof. Dr. Johanna
Wanka since February 2013. The Ministry has around 750 staff members at its main office in Bonn and
around 250 at its Berlin office. The Federal Ministry of Education and Research is the owner of the
national funding programme “From Material to Innovation” and “Innovation for Tomorrow´s Production,
Services and Work”, which will be the German national programmes participating in the joint calls of the
proposed ERA-NET on material science ( ;

Partner 8: (DE: Germany) JÜLICH … Projektträger Jülich

The Projektträger Jülich is a German research management agency within the Forschungszentrum Jülich
which undertakes the management of R&D and innovation programmes on behalf of various contractors
representing the national government: mainly the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF),
the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi) and the Federal Ministry for Environment
(BMU). It also hosts several national contact points (NCPs) for Horizon 2020, among others for Industrial
Technologies “Nanotechnologies, Materials, Biotechnologies and New Production Technologies” (NMBP). With expertise in research and innovation management, Project Management Jülich supports its clients in
the German federal government and state governments as well as the European Commission in
implementing their research policy goals with a focus on project funding. Project funding furnishes the
public authorities with an instrument that they can use to set the course for research.

With around 700 employees, Project Management Jülich covers a broad range of topics. It combines scientific and
structural expertise with administrative competence in a neutral manner independent of its own
economic interests. As a largely independent organizational unit of Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH,
which is one of the largest scientific research centres in Europe with over 5,000 employees, Project
Management Jülich benefits from a progressive scientific environment and access to excellent
infrastructure facilities. Apart from Jülich, it has branches in Berlin and Rostock-Warnemünde. In 2004,
Project Management Jülich introduced a quality management system and in 2005 this quality assurance
measure was certified according to the DIN EN ISO 9001 standard.

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Partner 9: (DE: Germany) KIT … Karlsruher Institut für Technologie

Since 1972 the project management agency KIT-PTKA is a service provider, partner, and codesigner of
various customers of public organisations with a view to promote scientific research, technical
development, and dissemination of research results in the field of production, environment and energy
research. More than 90 employees at two locations at the main office in Karlsruhe and the branch office
in Dresden use the excellent infrastructure of and vicinity to research at the Karlsruhe Institute of
Technology. In 2012 KIT-PTKA has granted about 140 million Euro and cooperates with other project
management agencies in a network.

KIT-PTKA is mainly an agency of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and is responsible
for Production and Manufacturing Technologies. BMBF is investing around 70m€ per annum in this
programme. With the funding programme “Innovation for Tomorrow`s Production, Services and Work” it
supports industry in innovating new manufacturing and production technologies in a holistic way,
including the production aspects of micro- and nanotechnology and applied material science and