With its 2019 "Guideline for the Promotion of Research at Universities of Applied Sciences in Cooperation with Companies" (FH-Kooperativ) as part of the "Research at Universities of Applied Sciences" program, the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) is continuing research funding in a strategically important area. The continuity of this funding and the support of young scientists are thus emphasized to an even greater extent.
The funding guideline "FH-Kooperativ" (www.forschungfachhochschulen.de/fh-kooperativ), published in June 2019, aims to further establish long-term research cooperations between science and industry. This permanent, open-topic funding instrument has two annual submission deadlines and is intended to combine the advantages of the long-established measures of "Research at Universities of Applied Sciences with Companies" and "Young Engineers - Cooperative Doctorate". Newly appointed and experienced professors at universities of applied sciences are provided with a permanent and reliable opportunity for innovative project ideas.
This results in the following key points for FH-Kooperativ:
- Project durations of up to 54 months are possible, provided that the project is coordinated and managed by a newly appointed professor and includes (cooperative) doctorates.
- Outline proposals by newly appointed professors (deadline: 15 October of each calendar year) and experienced applicants (deadline: 15 April of each calendar year) are submitted separately and reviewed in separate peer review groups.
- FH-Kooperativ is currently designed as a permanently available funding measure with annually recurring submission deadlines.
- The research projects are to be carried out in active cooperation with corporate partners from trade and industry that contribute at least 7.5 per cent of eligible expenditure (less expenditure for investments in research equipment, facilities and demonstrators) in the case of newly appointed staff and at least 15 per cent in the case of experienced staff in the form of binding co-financing.
Furthermore, universities of applied sciences are granted facilitated investment conditions. FH-Kooperativ continues to allow project-specific investments in research equipment and facilities or demonstrators. Thus, larger-scale R&D projects are promoted and the basic structural research framework conditions of the university of applied sciences are decisively improved and facilitated in the long term. Especially projects with a particularly innovative orientation and a high technical and/or research risk can be funded.
The first submission deadline of FH-Kooperativ, 15 October 2019, is restricted to newly appointed professors. Professors appointed to a university of applied sciences for the first time after 15 October 2016 can be considered here. The submission deadlines are updated in subsequent years for experienced and newly appointed professors.
Project outlines must be submitted to the VDI TZ as the project management organization by the respective deadline. For further information on the funding guidelines, please contact the project management organization or consult the website www.forschung-fachhochschulen.de. There you will also find the updated FAQ.