Information and communication technologies (ICT) today permeate all areas of life and fields of application, making them the economy’s number one innovation driver.
As a service provider for the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung, BMBF), the Project Management Agency “Information Technology” in DLR is responsible for continuing to strengthen and expand Germany’s leading position as a location for research and production.
The Project Management Agency in DLR (PT-DLR) consists of the working areas “ICT Strategy and EU Synergies”, “Communications Technology”, “Electronics and Electronics Systems” and “Software Systems and Knowledge Technologies”, which provide services to four different divisions of the BMBF. PT-IT has been performing project management duties for the Ministry for many years, covering a range of topics in several R&D key areas aimed at application-oriented, holistic, interdisciplinary research and development funding and long-term economic effects in the field of information and communication technologies (ICT).
The funded projects are largely joint projects carried out with several consortium partners and lasting up to five years, and have entailed the development and application of substantial expertise in research funding, technology and market trends. In addition to technological innovations, the funded projects have allowed us to gain important knowledge and experience in areas such as legal frameworks, business models, standardisation and social acceptance. The Project Management Agency can also draw on a wide range of administrative experience in working with an SMB clientele that often has no previous experience of project funding, and with highly heterogeneous consortia.
We consider our interdisciplinary work, our experience of contributing to ever-changing combinations of ICT and various fields of application, to be a specific and arguably unique competency of the Project Management Agency Information Technology. This also includes the ability of our research assistants to communicate with and moderate between representatives of different subject areas, allowing us to build a relationship of trust in our administrative and technical work both with our client and the funding recipients. This “bridge function” of the Project Management Agency has contributed significantly to the success of previous funding measures.
More information on “Information Technology” is available at www.pt-it.de