January 22, 2016

Germany and China broaden their collaboration in science management

DLR Project Management Agency signs agreements with partners in Beijing

On 19 January 2016, Klaus Uckel, Director of the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) Project Management Agency, and Wang Ruijun, Director General of the National Center for Science and Technology Evaluation (NCSTE), signed an agreement for closer collaboration in programmes to promote research and innovation support systems. The ceremony was held in Beijing and attended by the German Federal Minister of Education and Research, Johanna Wanka, and the Chinese Minister of Science and Technology, Wan Gang. “Through this agreement, we are seeking to strengthen the framework we need to ensure excellence in the promotion of science, technology and innovation," explained Uckel.

The agreement formed part of the itinerary of Minister Wanka's trip to China; the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung; BMBF) and the Ministry of Science and Technology of the People’s Republic of China (MoST) also signed several memoranda of understanding outlining the future of applied research and the introduction of joint procedures and standards for the advancement of research and innovation on the same day. The purpose of the Minister's trip is to help implement BMBF’s new China strategy and to continue strengthening cooperation between Germany and China in the fields of research and education.

By concluding this cooperation with NCSTE, the DLR Project Management Agency has set a precedent for how it intends to structure their future cooperation. The agreements focus on quality assurance and the evaluation of research projects in an attempt to create a common basis for shared procedures and standards in the promotion of research and innovation funding. Other fields of work include German-Chinese networks comprising research funding agencies, the continued development of national promotion systems and joint publications on selected topics. The agreement, which will initially run for three years, also includes regular expert meetings and workshops between the partners. NCSTE is China's central organisation for the evaluation of research programmes.

"China is now among the most important research nations worldwide. It is only natural that China and Germany have become partners, as the number of joint projects in education and research has risen consistently for years; our countries are both drivers of innovation. The agreement we have concluded with NCSTE is a first step in the creation of a durable, strong framework for German-Chinese research projects," adds Uckel.

The agreement with NCTSE is yet another building block in the international activities of the DLR Project Management Agency, which advised and supported BMBF in drafting its China strategy. It will also play a key role in upcoming measures – for example, to broaden the knowledge of Chinese expertise at German universities.

The DLR Project Management Agency

The DLR Project Management Agency is a specialised service provider for the facilitation of research, innovation and education. It has supported the sectors of government, science, industry and education for more than 40 years. It advises on policy, strategy and programmes, public funding for knowledge transfer and the exploitation of research results. As part of DLR and a key contributor to DLR’s ‘Science, Innovation and Education’ area of operations, it is therefore a central part of DLR’s scientific orientation as a research centre.

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