New BMBF Funding Opportunity for Education Research

As part of the German government’s programme for the National Decade for Literacy and Basic Education (2016-2026), Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF – German Federal Ministry for Education and Research) is now launching a new research funding opportunity in the area of literacy and basic education research. The scheme is designed to support application-oriented research projects that investigate not only the quality and success factors of learning processes for literacy and basic education but also aim to understand adult users of literacy and basic education offerings, their living environment and social milieu. Another focus area of the programme is on the effect of structures and investments into literacy and basic education as a whole.

The BMBF particularly encourages inter- and multidisciplinary research projects which bring together multiple partners in a consortium. The initiative is centred around adults with German as their mother tongue as well as immigrants who have been living in Germany for a long time.

Eligible to apply are institutions of higher education (Hochschulen) as well as non-educational research institutions and other organisations with a connection to education research in Germany. Applications from individual organisations and research consortia of multiple organisations are accepted.

Funding is provided in the form of a project grant for a period of three years. The annual maximum funding amount is €150,000. Grants for non-commercial organisations may cover up to 100% of the project-related costs. Institutions of higher education may also be entitled to an additional project allowance of 20%.

Initially, applicants are only required to submit an outline proposal. In the case of a positive review of the proposal, shortlisted candidates will be able to submit a formal funding application to BMBF.

The deadline for applications is 13 March 2020.

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