Germany - Ministries

The German federal government funds 38 research institutes, which are the responsibility of the federal ministries. These are departmental research institutes, always directly related to the ministry’s fields of activity. The main task of these institutes is to support the activities of their respective ministries and provide scientific bases for the execution of projects. Below are some of the ministries that maintain close relations with the incentive to science and to innovation.

Federal Foreign Office (AA)
Germany is one of the countries of the world that most promotes the development of research. Investment in science and innovation is part of the foreign policy of the federal government of the country. Special attention has been given by Federal Foreign Office to international cooperation that develops technologies and joint strategies to face various global challenges, such as climate changes and energy efficiency.

Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)
Among the main objectives of the Ministry of Education and Research are: to strengthen Germany as a country of reference in research, to promote young talents and to intensify the international exchange of trainees, students and scientists. Since 2014, with its "new High-Tech Strategy," the Ministry is paving the way for the development of pioneering technologies and shortening distances between research results and the final product.

The new High-Tech Strategy stands for the aim of moving Germany forward on its way to become a worldwide innovation leader. The goal is to quickly transform good ideas  into innovative products and services, in order to drive prosperity and support quality of life. Innovative solutions strengthen Germany's position as a leading industrial and exporting nation. And they make it possible to find creative answers to the urgent challenges of our time – including challenges in areas such as sustainable urban development, energy, individualized medicine and the digital society.

Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL)
The Ministry of Food and Agriculture is attentive to central global concerns such as climate change, renewable resources and the availability of food for the global population. One of its main objectives is to protect the environment through sustainable agricultural production, the development of rural areas and the guarantee of food security. Thus the ministry provided in 2014 more than 550 million euro for research on these topics.


Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation,  Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB)
The Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) finances several research projects related to the sector. One of the programs is aimed at developing innovations focused on the environment in other countries. The proposal is to create a multiplier effect, which alerts all partner countries to the importance of investing in measures of prevention and adaptation to climate changes.

Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi)

Investment in research, innovation and capacity building is indispensable for maintaining and strengthening the competitiveness of enterprises. Dynamic innovation levels will ensure long-term growth, prosperity and new jobs. Therefore, the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy offers financing programs for the development and application of new technologies and services in German companies.

Here you find information about the call for projects on research and development between German and Brazilian companies. The program is coordinated by the BMWI together with the Secretary of innovation of the Brazilian Ministry of Development, Industry and Foreign Trade.

Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
Cooperation for development is a structural policy of Germany. Thus, the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) aims to help resolve crises and conflicts in a peaceful manner, ensuring that scarce resources are shared, preserving the environment for future generations and reducing global poverty.

Federal Ministry of Health (BMG)
All the activities of the German Ministry of Health can be summarized in three main points: health, prevention and long-term treatments. Therefore, support for research centers is essential. The Robert Koch Institute is one of the central institutions that promotes protection against infectious diseases and the analysis of the health situation in Germany, working in the biomedical field. The institution combines risk research with policy advice.