KoWi, the European Liaison Office of the German Research Organisations, is a non-profit organisation. KoWi is supported by the ‘Association for the Promotion of European and International Cooperation in Science’ and is financed by the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, DFG). KoWi provides information, advice and training services targeted primarily to researchers from German universities to participate successfully in the European Framework Programme.
- Target group specific information on EU funding opportunities and research policies
- Advice on proposal writing and project implementation as well as strategic consulting for universities
- Training and practical guidance on obtaining and managing EU projects
- Meeting facilities
With premises both in Bonn and Brussels for more than 20 years, KoWi has been in close contact with other research organisations, with national authorities on federal and regional ‘Länder’ level as well as with the relevant EU institutions concerned with research and development. KoWi is part of the self-government of science and acts as an intermediary between EU institutions and the German Scientific Community. On the European level KoWi acts in close cooperation with other research offices within the Informal Group of R&D Liaison Offices (IGLO).
KoWi supports the European cooperation of higher education institutions, nonuniversity research institutions and the economy. KoWi is a service platform for all members of its association. Members of the association are: Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (AvH), German Federation of Industrial Research Associations (AiF), German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), German Research Foundation (DFG), Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres (HGF), the German Rectors’ Conference (HRK), Max Planck Society for the Advancement of Science (MPG), the Stifterverband joint initiative of German industries to promote science and higher education, Leibniz Association (WGL).
KoWi offers its services to all German research institutions with a focus on universities and other higher education institutions.