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Polish-German Science Foundation Established
July 9, 2008   
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Poland's Science and Higher Education Minister Barbara Kudrycka and her German counterpart Annette Schavan June 2 signed a bilateral agreement to establish a Polish-German Foundation for Science that will assign 2.2 million euros a year for scientific research involving both countries. The money will be spent on research in various economically important fields of science, as well as in the humanities and social sciences.

Poland will contribute 5 million euros to the foundation, while Germany will provide 50 million euros. Interest will be used to finance research projects. The foundation is expected to allocate some 2.2 million euros to research annually.

The agreement is favorable to both sides, the ministers said. Poland will have the same influence on the foundation's operations as Germany even though its financial contribution will be smaller.

Poland's Kudrycka said that agreement would enable Polish-German collaboration in the science sector, allowing students and scientists from both countries to intensify work on joint projects. She added that the agreement would contribute to the development of science and modern technology in all of Europe in line with the European Union's Lisbon Strategy agenda. "Science knows no boundaries and we in Poland want Polish science to make a bigger contribution to global scientific achievements," Kudrycka said.

Germany's Schavan said, "Poland and Germany are partners and neighbors in the European Union. Good working relations already exist between our academics and research centers. I am very pleased that today scientific collaboration has been further strengthened. Germany is interested in Poland and in working with Polish scientists. The foundation's main goals are the mutual exchange of undergraduate and Ph.D. students and joint scientific and research projects."

The foundation aims to promote scientific research and relations between the two countries through financial support for projects and scientific endeavors by Polish and German undergraduate and Ph.D. students, lecturers and scientists.

According to estimates, the foundation will have at its disposal some 2.2 million euros annually for this purpose, of which some 200,000 euros will come from Polish government coffers. The foundation will also be a source of funding for projects carried out by Polish and German scientific and academic centers, in particular Frankfurt's Viadrina University and Collegium Polonicum, a college run jointly in the western city Polish of Słubice by Viadrina University and the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań.

Marcin Rybicki
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