Factsheet: Bavarian Research Alliance, Unit Environment, Energy & Bioeconomy

Bavarian Research Alliance, Unit Environment, Energy & Bioeconomy

Key Information
The Bavarian Research Alliance, with its headquarters in Munich, was founded in 2006 as an initiative of the University of Bavaria e.V. and the Bavarian Universities of Applied Sciences e.V. and set up as a non-profit private organisation in 2007. Its unit Environment, Energy & Bioeconomy specializes in supporting scientists as well as Bavarian SMEs in acquiring regional, national and European research funds in the areas of energy, environment and bioeconomy, specifically.
BayFOR supports and advises scientists from Bavarian universities and universities of applied sciences in competition for regional, national and European research funding – particularly with regard to the Seventh Research Framework Programme (FP7) of the EU. The prospects for success of Bavarian actors in the fund-raising of EU subsidies are meant to be improved thereby, and corresponding activities in the ERA, the European Research Area, are meant to be coordinated throughout Bavaria. The BayFOR represents the scientists in Bavaria in that they assume an active role in the support of science and research. Furthermore, a European Union liaison office in Brussels strengthens Bavarian actors from science and business, in that it conveys essential regional research interests through representation in the structures of European institutions. It is the goal, furthermore, to increase the participation of Bavarian enterprises – particularly SMEs – in funding programmes and to facilitate closer cooperation between science and business at both a national and international level.