Administered nationally since 2015 by Universities Australia with partner organisation, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the Australia-Germany Joint Research Cooperation Scheme has already funded over 170 collaborative research projects.
Chief Executive Belinda Robinson said that research was increasingly international and programs like this one were important to keeping Australia connected to the global research community.
“Germany is well-known as one of the world’s leading research-intensive countries and has an excellent reputation for international research collaboration,” said Universities Australia Chief Executive Belinda Robinson.
“After the United States and the United Kingdom, Germany ranks third for joint research publications with Australian universities, so it’s vital for Australian researchers to make connections with their German counterparts,” she said.
The DAAD is the largest funding organisation in the world supporting the international exchange of students and scholars.
The scheme funds travel and living costs, enabling Australian researchers to spend time in Germany working alongside their German counterparts and bringing German researchers to Australia to work in local research institutions.
“For many Australian universities, Germany is already one of the top priority countries for international research collaboration. And we are delighted that 35 of Australia’s universities have decided to take part in the scheme this year.”
The scheme is open to Australian researchers at participating Australian universities in all academic fields involved in a collaborative project with German research partners.
Since the first round in 2015, this scheme has funded 172 collaborative projects at a total investment by the DAAD and Australian universities of around AUD $6 million.
Applications are open until 16 June 2017. The scheme acknowledges the support of the Australian Government Department of Education and Training.
Further information including the application form, and terms and conditions is now available on the Universities Australia website.