Funding Provided for BMBF Projects in STEM Education

As part of its STEM Action Plan (MINT-Aktionsplan 2.0), this initiative (Förderung von Forschungsprojekten zu Gelingensbedingungen guter MINT Bildung) of the Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF – Federal Ministry for Education and Research) aims to expand the research and data basis for the involvement of parents in the STEM education process as well as the design of STEM programmes in extracurricular-school collaborations in Germany.

Funding is provided for practice-relevant, empirically orientated research projects which have a good theoretical foundation and in which relevant methods of educational and social research are applied. Methodologically, the call is expressly open to various approaches and formats in which the further development of the research methodology is of central importance.

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The scheme operates the following two funding lines:

Priority Line 1. Involvement of Parents:

Funding is provided for projects which generate insights into how parents can successfully support educational and promotional activities to develop their children’s interest in STEM.

Priority Line 2. Extracurricular-School Cooperation:

This priority area supports projects which address the conditions for the success of effective and sustainable extracurricular-school educational partnerships and their contribution to the development of STEM interests and skills. Projects which focus on the promotion of equal opportunities and skills in dealing with key social challenges (such as climate protection, energy transition and digital transformation) are of particular interest.

The following institutions in Germany may apply:

  • Private and public institutions of higher education (Hochschulen).
  • Non-educational research institutes
  • Commercial enterprises, especially small or medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).
  • Societies, foundations, unions, associations.

Commercial companies and other legal entities under private law are only eligible to apply as part of a consortium which is coordinated by a university or a non-university research institution. Individual and joint projects are both supported. Funding is also available for postdoctoral individual research projects.

Funding is provided for a period of three years. Universities, universities of applied science and research institutes – including Helmholtz Centres and the Fraunhofer Gesellschaft (FhG) – may receive up to 100% funding for eligible project expenses.

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