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Exchange on European Union research funding

20230417 Kennenlernbesuch Kooperationsstelle EU KoWi Torsten Fischer_Foto Martin Schulz

Friday 28 April 2023

The European Union has been funding international research projects since 2021 with its extensive research framework programme "Horizon Europe". The information hub for European research funding is the "EU Cooperation Office of the Science Organisations". Its director, Dr Torsten Fischer, presented the services of the Bonn and Brussels-based institution at Hochschule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg (H-BRS).
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Dr. Torsten Fischer (vierter v. l.) mit Hochschulangehörigen der H-BRS. Foto: Martin Schulz

On his visit to Hochschule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg, Dr Torsten Fischer, Head of the EU Cooperation Office of the German Science Organisations (KoWi), brought some political news from Brussels about new funding formats. In an exchange with the Vice President for Research and Young Academics, Professor Remi Maier-Rigaud, and representatives of the ZWT and the Third-Party Funding Team, Fischer presented the KoWi's offers around the EU framework research programme "Horizon Europe" and explained the participation of German universities and the current status of the associated countries. For its part, the university presented the new Institute for Artificial Intelligence and Autonomous Systems (A2S), led by Professor Nico Hochgeschwender. Professor Hochgeschwender demonstrated robotic platforms that were developed within the framework of EU-funded research projects and form a basis for further EU-funded cooperation, such as the recently approved joint research project "SOPRANO".
In addition to this new EU project, researchers from Hochschule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg are currently involved in three other EU collaborative research projects.
KoWi is the joint service platform of the major German science organisations that are members of the "Association for the Promotion of European and International Scientific Cooperation". It is funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) and is thus part of scientific self-government in Germany.