Bavarian Research Alliance GmbH
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 supports and advises Bavarian scientists and private sector stakeholders in the competition for regional, national and European research, development and innovation funding. It is a partner institution in the Bavarian Research and Innovation Agency (www.research-innovation-bavaria.de).
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 Framework Programme for Research and Innovation “Horizon 2020”. Scientific experts provide subject-specific information and offer strategic advice and active support for initiating projects, setting up international research consortia and submitting proposal applications. Upon successful evaluation, BayFOR is able to provide support during grant preparation with the European Commission and, when requested, BayFOR provides support with project management throughout the project duration. The key thematic areas include environment, energy and bioeconomy, health research, biotechnology and food, information and communication technologies, nanosciences, new materials and production, transport and aviation, social sciences, economic sciences, humanities, 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 network for SMEs “Enterprise Europe Network”, BayFOR acts as an interface between academic research and the industry.
BayFOR has also been commissioned by the Bavarian State Ministry of Education, Science and the Arts to operate the Bavarian 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 supports their networking efforts at European level.
Finally, the Scientific Coordination Office within BayFOR provides support for bilateral and multilateral research and innovation projects carried out by Bavaria in cooperation with the Canadian provinces Québec and Alberta, with some of its other strong partner regions, as well as with Israel.