Bayerische Forschungsallianz GmbH, Germany

The Bavarian Research Alliance GmbH (BayFOR) is a private company to support Bavaria as a centre for science and innovation within the European Research Area. It was set up at the end of 2006 on the initiative of the Bavarian universities and universities of applied sciences to strengthen their networking at regional, national and international level and help them prepare to meet the requirements for European research funding. To achieve this, BayFOR sup- ports and advises Bavarian scientists and stake- holders from the private sector in the competi- tion for regional, national and European re- search funding. It is a partner institution in the Bavarian “Haus der Forschung” (House of Research) (www.hausderforschung.bayern.de/en).

Areas of Activity

BayFOR’s Information and Support Center for EU-funded R&D Projects connects Bavarian stakeholders from science, academia and the private sector at European level and assists them with acquiring EU funding. The focus is directed at the current EU Framework Pro- gramme (FP7) and the forthcoming Framework Programme for Research and Innovation “Hori- zon 2020”. Scientific experts provide subject- specific information and offer strategic advice and active support for initiating projects, set- ting up international research consortia and submitting proposal applications. Upon suc- cessful evaluation, BayFOR is able to provide support during contract negotiations with the European Commission and if required BayFOR provides support with project management throughout the project duration. The key the- matic areas include environment & energy, food & agriculture, health research & biotech- nology, information & communication tech- nologies, nano-sciences, new materials and production, transport and aviation, social sciences, economic sciences, humanities, aerospace, security and education. Furthermore, BayFOR’s EU Liaison Office in Brussels represents the interests of Bavarian universities at European level. It increases their visibility and acts as their intermediary establishing contacts with European institutions. This considerably enhances the prospects of Bavarian applicants succeeding within the European Research Area. Another aim is to increase the participation of Bavarian enterprises – particularly SMEs – in funding programmes. As a partner in the support net- work for SMEs “Enterprise Europe Network” (EEN), BayFOR acts as an interface between academic research and the industry.

Recently, BayFOR has been commissioned by the Bavarian State Ministry of Sciences, Research and the Arts to operate the Bavarian University Funding Programme for the Initiation of International Projects (BayIntAn). The efforts are aimed at initiating or strengthening transnational collaborative research involving Bavarian universities and universities of applied sciences.

BayFOR also coordinates the joint activities of the Bavarian Research Associations and sup- ports their networking efforts at European level.

Finally, the Scientific Coordination Office Ba varia-Québec/Alberta/International within BayFOR provides support for bilateral and multilateral research projects from these regions.

Key Personnel involved

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (Project Manager, Munich) works at the BayFOR especially for the professional Management of EU funded projects. She studied at the RWTH Aachen, Germany, and holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology. As a Project Manager she already gained experience in the EU funded FP6 project SMARTER (LHSG-CT-2006-037415) and currently manages another FP7 project (HarWin EeB.NMP.2012-5 NMP).

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (Scientific Officer, Nuremberg) works at the BayFOR in the support of proposers for EU funding as well as promoting science to the public. He studied physics and holds a PhD in bioinformatics. He worked for the German company MOLCAD GmbH in the field of chemical modeling. Subsequently he supported German proposers for FP7 projects as an NCP in Production Technologies. Within that time he successfully participated as a partner in one FP7 Proposal (MINAM 2.0; sub-platform of MANUFUTURE) and one Central Europe Proposal (Smart Frame). At the beginning of 2011 he joined the BayFOR.

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (Head of Unit for technology and new materials, Munich) studied chemistry and defended his PhD thesis in physics, which was funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and by the European intergovernmental framework for European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST). He also applied public funds and performed scientific projects of national and European Large-scale research facilities. Since 2007 he is in charge in the fund-raising institution BayFOR and as consultant for FP7 in the Enterprise Europe Network (EEN). Since 2009 he is managing the FP7 EU-Project LARGECELLS (261936, Energy) and involved in the EU-Project TIRCON (277984, Health).

Major role in the project

In WP 7 BayFOR is assigned to the administrative and financial management of the project in close contact with the coordinator, including the handling of financial tasks for the overall management (managing individual grant shares, accounting etc.) and supervision of continuous project reporting procedures. Additionally BayFOR supports the Coordinator in filing all applications received from the consortium for staff exchange.

  • WP 7: Financial and administrative Management. Overall coordination (support) and Task 7.2 Overall administration (lead)
  • WP 6: Dissemination and exploitation in terms of organizing meetings, presentation at exhibitions, Web Site, etc.