EU member states are working closely to preserve Europe’s long-term competitiveness and to make sure it is fit to meet major social and economic challenges in the future, too. Different measures and programs aim to bring the academic and research systems of the different states closer together. As a result, national, bilateral, and European research policy will become more integrated and the international dimension will be strengthened.
Berlin holds enormous potential in the area of higher education and research, which it uses to promote European cooperation. This is particularly evident in the active participation of Berlin’s academic and scientific institutions in
- the European Union’s framework programs for research
- the EU program for education and training (Erasmus+) and
- EU third-country programs.
Berlin’s institutions of higher education and its scientific and research institutes are also popular partners in European networks.
Research framework program
The European Framework Programs for Research are an important instrument for promoting European cooperation in higher education and research. Berlin obtained funding of almost €585 million for 1,500 project participations under the 7th Framework Program for Research in the funding period between 2007 and 2013. Berlin’s colleges and universities were able to raise almost €216 million in EU funding; its research institutions raised around €240 million. This trend is continuing under the subsequent program, Horizon 2020. After the first half of the funding period, Berlin had received €312 million.
Berlin position paper on the future of EU Framework Programs on Research and Innovation (December 2016)
Joint Berlin Position Paper on the Future EU Framework Program for Research and Innovation FP 9, (February 2018)
Berlin’s colleges and universities are actively engaged in the 8th EU Framework Program for Research, Horizon 2020, which runs from 2014 to 2020. Horizon 2020 is the first European Framework Program that supports both research and innovation.
The funding program is composed of three pillars, each with a different focus. While Pillar I is dedicated primarily to the funding of excellent individual scientists (e.g., grants from the European Research Council – so far 92 European research grants have been awarded to scientists at Berlin’s institutions of higher education and research institutes), Pillar II is aimed at supporting industrial leadership and SMEs, and Pillar III supports collaborative research projects on societal challenges.
Scientists who are interested in EU research funding will receive advice and support for the application process from their colleges and universities or the EU liaison officers in the third-party funding departments of the relevant institutions. The national contact points and the European Liaison Office of the German Research Organizations (KoWi) also offer guidance and advice.
The Europeanization of university studies
The Europeanization of teaching at Berlin’s colleges and universities has become a matter of course. This is reflected in the European and Europe-related institutions, degree programs, and course modules, international double degree programs, and the consistent use of the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS).
Students interested in Europe
Students who are interested in Europe will find a wide array of different study programs in Berlin. Erasmus+ gives students the chance to gain international experience, and it also supports partnerships between organizations, institutions, and initiatives. For further information, please visit the websites of Berlin’s colleges and universities (in German) or use the DAAD search engine for the state of Berlin.