The Project Management Agency (PT) at the German Aerospace Centre (DLR) assists several German Federal Ministries in I) planning and implementing national research programmes in various thematic areas, II) providing political analysis and recommendations and III) giving support for public relation and communication activities. DLR-PT manages an overall annual research budget of 1 billion EUR (i.e. 10,200 projects) on behalf of governmental authorities (i.e. national ministries, EU).
Since 2001 DLR-PT has been granted DIN EN ISO 9001:2000 certification for quality management. With around 1,000 employees, DLR-PT is one of the largest project management agencies in Germany serving the broadest possible range of topics. The department European and International cooperation as part of the Project Management Agency includes the International Bureau (DLR-PT-IB) for the German federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), the EU Bureau for the BMBF (EUB) and hosts the German EUREKA/ COST Bureau. Having a strong background in R&D strategy and policy implementation with particular emphasis on international relations, DLR-PT‐IB is especially dedicated to international cooperation activities. It supports the Federal Ministry’s bilateral cooperation in science, technology and education with about 50 countries worldwide in an effort to facilitate the preparation and implementation of international cooperation activities.
The EUB coordinates the German Network of National Contact Points (NCPs) and hosts NCPs for Research Infrastructures, ERC, INCO, Legal & Financial Issues etc. Laying special emphasis on the development of the European Research Area and its international dimension, the DLR-PT‐IB and EUB provides strategic and operational assistance to the BMBF with respect to the international dimension of the ERA. Moreover, the DLR-PT has a wide experience in coordinating and participating in EU‐funded Coordination and Support Activities, focussing on international ERANETs, INCONETs and BILATs activities.