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Source: Federal Ministry of Education and Research

26.10.2020Press release: 157/2020

BMBF and French research ministry MESRI publish funding guidelines for AI research collaborations

The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and the French Research Ministry MESRI published joint funding guidelines on Friday. This will enable high-quality AI research collaborations between Germany and France to be supported and financed in the future. Both governments will jointly contribute the results of the research cooperation to European and international work in the field of artificial intelligence. On the publication of the funding guidelines, Federal Research Minister Anja Karliczek explains: “Artificial intelligence is central to Europe’s competitiveness. There are enormous opportunities here for the German and French business and science locations. With our new Franco-German funding guidelines, we therefore want to bundle our strengths in AI research. We are thus creating a further prerequisite for our two countries to be at the forefront of AI development and for a trustworthy ‘AI made in Europe’. ”Background: Germany and France want to face the challenges of the 21st century together. With the Treaty of Aachen, which Chancellor Merkel and President Macron signed on January 22, 2019, both countries reaffirmed the importance of this cooperation and made it clear that cooperation between the two countries should become even more intensive in the future on the occasion of the Franco-German Council of Ministers On October 16, 2019, Federal Research Minister Anja Karliczek and her colleague Frédérique Vidal as well as Federal Economics Minister Peter Altmaier and his colleague Bruno Le Maire signed a roadmap for a Franco-German research and innovation network in the field of artificial intelligence, with the signing of a declaration of intent in April 2020 Both countries went a big step further: Germany and France agreed to further promote cooperation in AI research. The joint announcement for bilateral research collaborations and for research and development projects to strengthen Franco-German collaboration in the field of artificial intelligence (AI) is a successful example of intensifying research collaboration. Joint projects are funded in two funding lines. On the one hand, collaborative projects between two independent scientific partners (universities and / or research institutes) are funded that significantly exceed the state of the art, have a method-oriented focus and are suitable for establishing long-term collaborative relationships. On the other hand, there is a special focus on alliances of scientific and business organizations. You should carry out high-risk industrial research and pre-competitive development projects in bilateral cooperation with partners from France, which are as cross-technology and application-oriented as possible and lead to an innovative application of AI methods in practice. Funding for the joint projects is intended to strengthen the transfer of knowledge and technology between science and industry and to promote top-level research by the partners involved in both countries. The bilateral funding measure is supported in Germany by the DLR project management agency and in France by the Agence Nationale de la Recherche (ANR).


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