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Functions and Responsibilities of KoWi

Structure and Financing

The "Kooperationsstelle EU der Wissenschaftsorganisationen" (The EU Liaison Office of the German Research Organisations) (KoWi) is the joint service platform of the major German science organisations that are members of the "Verein zur Förderung der europäischen und internationalen wissenschaftlichen Zusammenarbeit e.V. (Association for the Promotion of European and International Cooperation in Science e.V.)". As an "Auxiliary Research Institution", KoWi is funded by the German Research Foundation (Deutschen Forschungsgemeinschaft). KoWi maintains offices in Bonn and Brussels.


The mandate of KoWi, incorporated in the statutes, includes the following core tasks:

  • Information, advice, training regarding European research funding for researchers and administrators at universities and research institutions in Germany;

  • together with members of the KoWi supporting association, establishing advisory expertise that transcends institutional boundaries to support the newly emerging collaborations between science and business in Germany and Europe;

  • event-related support for members of the KoWi supporting association with services tailored to their requirements.


KoWi is part of the scientific self-administration, has 30 years of experience as a brand in Brussels and Bonn and has established connections to partners from Europe and the EU institutions at its Brussels location. KoWi offers companion and strategic proactive services "from a single source" that target researchers, administrators and institutions nationwide and basically cover all stages of a researcher's career, all instruments of the Research Framework Programme and all phases of an EU research project.


When KoWi was established in 1990, it was essentially an information institution, which procured information from the EU via its exclusive Brussels location before the advent of E-mail and Internet dissemination. The information was passed on in a compact form to researchers and institutions in a national science system that was still relatively uniform in concept; the idea of an "EC Coordination Office" reflected this description.

After 2000, the orientation towards the principle of competition and the need for cooperation across institutional boundaries became significantly more important in the German science system. The KoWi supporting association accepted these developments and, in the summer of 2008, decided on a reform, which also became formally effective with the corresponding amendment to the statutes in the spring of 2010. Today, KoWi can be described as a strategy-based agency that offers individual services to the institutionally differentiated German research sector and supports cooperation within the supporting association in building up cross-institutional advisory expertise, thereby actively contributing to the interlinking of national and European research funding. The new name "European Liaison Office of the German Research Organisations" reflects this change. KoWi celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2020.

The "Verein zur Förderung der europäischen und internationalen wissenschaftlichen Zusammenarbeit e.V." has its registered office in Bonn.

Members of the supporting association:

Advisory Board Members:

  • Prof. Dr. Martin Lohse, Julius-Maximilians-University of Würzburg, Chair of the Advisory Board

  • Prof. Dr. Birgitta Anne-Marie Wolff, Bergische University of Wuppertal

  • Dieter Kaufmann, University of Ulm

  • Prof. Dr. Stefan Kuhlmann, Centre for Advanced Studies, University of Twente

  • Prof. Dr. Carsten Welsch, University of Liverpool

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