About KoWi

Structure and Funding

The "European Liaison Office of the German Research Organisations" is the joint service platform of the German research organisations united in the "Association for the Promotion of European and International Cooperation in Science e.V.". As a Central Research Facility, KoWi is financed by the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, DFG) with offices located in Bonn and Brussels.


KoWi’s mandate has been redefined in line with the amendment of the statutes in 2010 and can now be described as the following:

  • Information, Advice, Training on European research funding for researchers and administrators at universities and research organisations;

  • Development of a consulting expertise crossing institutional borders for the purpose of coaching the emerging new forms of co-operation between science and business in Germany and Europe in collaboration with the Members of the Association supporting KoWi;

  • Assistance to the Members of the Association supporting KoWi with a range of services adjusted to their needs.


KoWi is part of the scientific self-governing system. KoWi looks back on 30 years of working experience in Brussels and Bonn and has strong and lasting connections to the partners from Europe and the EU institutions. KoWi offers a responsive and strategically proactive "one-stop-shop" service to scientists, administrators and institutions nationwide, basically covering all steps of scientific careers, all instruments of the Framework Programme and all phases of any EU research project.