Participating in the global progress of knowledge requires international cooperation. International partnerships in cutting-edge research areas can contribute decisively to solving global problems. Against this background, DLR-PT is supporting the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung, BMBF) in implementing its internationalisation strategy. Specifically, DLR-PT encourages the integration of German universities, research institutions and businesses into excellent global networks, opening up opportunities to expand Germany’s position as an internationally leading location for research and innovation.
Research funding today incorporates not only national, but always also international aspects. Within the European Research Area (ERA), the coordination and integration of existing national funding programs and collaboration between researchers in multinational projects funded by the European Union in the European states are becoming increasingly important. In this area, DLR-PT has taken on special responsibility for several multilateral European programs and measures, the content and structure of which it is involved in shaping on behalf of the BMBF and the BMWi with the aim of enabling German companies and research institutions to participate in these programs and supporting and assisting them in all phases of this participation.
Against this background, the DLR-PT organizational units “International Bureau” and “European Programs” have been merged into a joint working area "European and International Cooperation".