The emerging countries are playing a decisive role in tackling global challenges such as climate change and shortages of resources, water and land. In the meantime, some of the states with the highest economic growth are among the world's biggest emitters of carbon dioxide. However, the emerging countries are increasingly recognizing their responsibility for ensuring a sustainable economy. Corresponding technologies or services must often be adapted to meet local conditions, or new ones developed.
The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) is now launching the new research initiative "CLIENT - International Partnerships for Sustainable Technologies and Services for Climate Protection and the Environment". German universities, research institutions and companies may submit project applications in a first round of calls up to 31 August 2010. Projects should be aimed particularly at cooperation with Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa and Vietnam. The BMBF is making a total of up to 60 million euros available in three rounds of funding.
As a leading exporter of technologies in the field of environmental and climate protection, Germany is accepting its share of responsibility for the UN Millennium Goals for Development. "By funding exemplary research projects, we are contributing towards establishing a worldwide partnership for development," said Federal Research Minister Annette Schavan. "Only thus can we secure prosperity and create a world worth living in for all people in the future, whilst at the same time limiting the consumption of natural resources and protecting the climate and the environment.
CLIENT is one of the first funding initiatives in the BMBF's recently published framework programme "Research for Sustainable Development". The projects offer German companies and research institutions the opportunity to enter into further cooperation projects with the emerging countries. The projects should boost and develop the economic competitiveness of both Germany and the participating partner countries and contribute to the creation of new jobs.
The aim of the funding measure is to introduce model projects to help establish and expand international partnerships in the research, development and application of environmental and climate protection technologies and services and to trigger the development of lead markets in this area. In addition to technological aspects, this also includes socio-economic issues, questions of good governance, and stakeholder involvement at an early stage.
The priority subjects of this call are technological or service innovations for sustainable development in the following areas:
Submission of project outlines (by German institutions or companies):
Submission of outlines for definition projects
Submission of outlines of collaborative R&D projects
Further information is available at: www.fona.de/client
Projektträger – Umwelt, Kultur, Nachhaltigkeit im Deutschen Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt e.V. (PT-DLR)
Tel.: + 49 228 3821-578
Sources: Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)