Programme Objectives

The German Academic Exchange Service (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst – DAAD) is distributing funds provided by the German Foreign
Office (Auswärtiges Amt – AA) to allow for the structural establishment of initially four ‘Global Climate and Environment Centres’ (hereafter called ‘Centres’) in emerging and developing countries in all global regions (Africa, Asia, the Near and Middle East, Central and South America) that are each going to maintain links to Germany and other countries, as well as to each other.
Climate change and environmental conservation are paradigmatic for challenges that affect all countries around the world equally, and that can only be
solved through global networking. Different countries and regions are, however, affected in very different ways and with varying degrees of intensity.
Any research, solutions and their implementation must therefore be adapted to the respective local conditions.
Among the most relevant approaches for addressing these global challenges, is an inter- and trans-disciplinary cooperation of academic institutions that goes beyond the limits of the university sector to involve non-university research facilities, as well as stakeholders from the areas of politics, business
and the civil society. Cooperation on an equal footing between developing and emerging countries and nations that are exceptionally strong in the field
of research is of particular importance in this context.
The four envisioned Centres address relevant issues related to climate and the environment (such as the reduction of greenhouse gases that harm the climate (mitigation), promotion of climate-friendly business operations, measures for adapting to the consequences of climate change (adaptation)
from a range of different scientific and trans-national perspectives. Sustainable and climate-friendly forms of cooperation shall give rise to an environment from which research in matters of climate and the environment can benefit on the long run, and that provides for favourable conditions for international political exchange. Networking with the business sector and cooperation of science and technology and the transfer of results into practical applications are
facilitated. Planning provides for the Centres to base their activities on the cooperation form of the real-life laboratory.
The programme follows an inter-disciplinary approach, encouraging climate and climate impact research in a strict sense, as well as further scientific disciplines (engineering, natural and social sciences) that deal with matters concerning climate and the environment. The Centres should evolve into think
tanks of international climate, climate impact and environmental research and
maintain links to each other that promote synergy effects and allow for overarching questions to be addressed, which are of global as well as of immediate importance for the countries themselves and for surrounding third states.
The long-term impacts of the programme are therefore as follows:
 The programme promotes climate and environmental protection and
the related SDGs (SDG 13, 14 and 15 in particular).
 The programme contributes to knowledge generation, transfer and
circulation in matters of climate and environmental protection.
 The programme promotes closer partnership-based cooperation
among higher education institutions, research facilities and public
and civic stakeholders from the area of climate and the environment.
 The programme contributes to an increase of expertise in emerging
and developing countries in a wide range of fields relating to climate
and the environment, and to improving these countries’ conditions
for developing solutions that are adjusted to their local, technical and
cultural requirements.
 The programme contributes to Germany’s involvement in joint strategies to tackle global challenges.
The programme contributes to making higher education, research
and innovation systems more efficient and international.
 The programme promotes a more climate and resource-friendly approach to realising international cooperation between universities.
 The programme contributes to improving the quality and relevance
of education and research at the higher education institutions involved.
 In line with Foreign Cultural and Educational Policy, the programme
contributes to finding new friends and partners for Germany and to
making links with Germany stronger.
The following direct programme outcomes are derived from these impacts:
 The Centres provide study and doctorate opportunities in relevant
 The Centres’ graduates are qualified for the local and international
employment market in the areas of climate protection and environmental conservation.
 There is established research capacity for matters regarding climate
and the environment.
 An established Centre network allows for joint research endeavours,
for addressing overarching issues, for synergy effects and for improved visibility.
 New scientific findings are transferred into practice.
 The climate and environmental footprint of education, research and
international cooperation have been improved.
These programme outcomes should be achieved by means of the following
direct results of measures/activities (outputs):
 Study opportunities (modules, courses of study) based on the latest
state of scientific knowledge have been developed/updated.
 Students/doctoral candidates/lecturers have spent (sponsored) study
and research stays in an international environment.
 Application and demand oriented research has taken place in climate-related matters.
 The Centres maintain links to stakeholders from the areas of science,
politics, business and to civil society.
 Climate and resource friendly forms of cooperation and internationalisation have been developed.
Individual projects can focus on different aspects within the programme. It is
not necessary that each project contributes to all programme objectives. Projects are also permitted room for manoeuvre in formulating their objectives
and in their strategies for achieving them; whereby the project objectives
must be consistent with programme objectives. The higher education institutions are accordingly asked to develop their projects based on the programme’s impact analysis structure and programme indicators, thus enabling
them to formulate measurable project objectives and associated indicators.
These must be presented in the application and project planning summary
(for the detailed procedure please refer to the “Handbook on Results-oriented

Eligible measures

Interdisciplinary courses of study or research opportunities (master’s degree, doctorate, postdoc, professorships) with strong global or regional relevance
to climate protection are established and offered at the Centres. The following
measures may be eligible for funding:
 Establishment of a visiting professorship that should be occupied by
a succession of high-ranking scientists from the respective specialist
field (here: funding for topping up the local salary)
 Establishment of short-term lectureships
 Granting of scholarships for foreign and German students, doctoral
candidates, postdocs and researchers for study, work experience
and research stays
 Granting of scholarships for funding research projects including material expenditure for junior researchers
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 Development of (joint) master’s and doctoral programmes concerning
matters of climate and environmental policy and the related SDGs
 Development and application of digital formats in the areas of education, research cooperation and collaboration with non-scientific players and other Centres (e.g. use of shared systems for research data
management and teaching methods)
 Networking with other Centres, e.g. through joint publications, conferences, exchange in matters of education, student exchanges, joint
projects (including in digital form)
 Events (symposiums, conferences, workshops, summer schools, digital event formats)
 Networking with stakeholders from the areas of politics, business, the
civil society and non-university research facilities
 Publications, e.g. of research results in internationally recognised
publication series and in less specialised formats that promote public
 Alumni activities
 Establishment of an advisory committee with representatives from the areas of politics, business, civil society and sciences that acts as a coordination and control body to determine the Centre’s strategic
orientation (specific research requirements, specifying an agenda,
etc.) and to ensure that results are transferred into practical applications.
The instruments can be chosen and combined as needed.

Eligible expenditure

Regarding eligible expenditure, please refer to appendix 1 ‘Eligible expenditure’.
Funding method Funding takes place in the form of fixed-sum financing.

Funding period

The funding period begins at the earliest on 01/05/2021 and ends at the latest on 31/12/2025.
Subject to a positive evaluation, a second funding phase of 5 years can be
applied for at the end of the funding period.

Grant amount

The upper limit of grants paid by the DAAD per Centre per year, is EUR
400,000 for 2021 and EUR 600,000 for subsequent years.
Financial and resource contributions are expected from the German higher
education institution(s) (e.g. for involvement of German teaching staff, involvement in the advisory committee), and financial contributions are expected from the foreign partners (provision of qualified researchers and of
premises and operating overheads, partial funding of local mobility, etc.).
Sustainable future perspectives for funding without DAAD resources should
be considered from the start and be developed over the course of the funding


All disciplines that address climate-relevant issues.

Target group

The direct target group comprises master’s students, doctoral candidates,
postdocs, habilitation candidates, researchers, professors, administration
staff, disseminators and alumni.
The indirect target group comprises stakeholders from the areas of politics
and business and civil society.

Eligible applicants

Eligible applicants are officially recognised German higher education state institutions.

Application Process

The application process has two levels to allow for inter-disciplinary and intercontinental networking of the Centres from the outset.

Level 1: Expression of interest
To take part in the application process, a project outline (please use the expression of interest template) must be submitted in a timely manner, via the
email address

Level 2: Application for project funding
An application for project funding may only be submitted (complete and on time) via the DAAD portal (
The application should be drawn up in cooperation with the foreign partner(s)
and any German partner institutions (further higher education institutions,
non-university research facilities, foundations, etc.). The involvement of partner institutions from other European and non-European industrial nations that
take part in the cooperation using their own funds is also very welcome. The application documents are also available in English for this purpose.

Application requirements

Application documents relevant for selection for project funding
 Project application (in the DAAD portal)
 Finance plan (in the DAAD portal)
 Project description (attachment type: project description)
 Project planning summary (attachment type: programme-specific attachments)
 Cooperation agreement (or declaration of cooperation intent) with higher
education institutions in the target country that also contains information
about the resources that are to be contributed by the foreign institution (attachment type: contracts, agreements)
 Cooperation agreement (or declaration of cooperation intent) between
German partners involved, if applicable (attachment type: contracts,
 Approval of the German and foreign university management (attachment
type: programme-specific attachments)
The application documents relevant for selection must be named according to
the guidelines and submitted under the specified attachment type prior to the
application deadline.
Incomplete applications will be excluded from the selection process.
Application documents that may be submitted later on
Subsequent submissions and amendments, including amendments to the financing plan, will no longer be considered after the application deadline. Cooperation agreements may be submitted at a later date only if they are not
available on time. In this case, at least a written statement by the project
leader must be submitted by the application deadline. The cooperation agreements must be presented when a contract is concluded, at the very latest.
Application deadline Expression of interest: 19 November 2020
Application for project funding: 23 February 2021
Selection procedure Expression of interest process (Level 1)
Applicants whose project outline is considered promising, are invited to a launch event on 15 December 2020. All project outlines are presented to the
applicants and the selection committee at this event. The purpose of the
presentation of the envisioned projects is for applicants to learn about the
professional orientation of the intended projects, and for any overlaps and cooperation options among potential grant recipients to be identified.
The most promising candidates for funding are asked to draw up and submit
an application for project funding.

Applications for project funding (Level 2)


The DAAD will make its funding decision based on evaluation of the applications by a selection committee, using the following selection criteria:
 Relationship of the project to the programme objectives (as per the
impact analysis structure) and results-oriented planning using indicators that meet the SMART criteria
 Quality of experience to date and achievements in relevant areas in
the form of: teaching and research activities, international university cooperation; cooperation with non-university stakeholders from the areas of
politics, business and civil society; country and regional expertise
 Scientific quality and innovative potential of the presented concept
with regard to: content and method-related approaches to teaching and
research, including practical relevance/transfer of results and inter-disciplinary nature; climate and resource friendly project implementation; integration of (partially) digital formats in education, research and cooperation
 Potential for (international) networking and visibility with regard to:
cooperation with university and non-university stakeholders from the areas of politics, business and civil society; involvement of other countries
(neighbouring countries, other industrial nations, countries from different
continents) and networking potential with other Centres; relevance for
Germany and the partner countries
 Financial planning and use of funds with regard to: plausibility of the
financing plan; amount of own funds available for the project; financial viability after the end of the funding period
Note: The results of the selection meeting are expected to be available at the
end of March.
Scholarship selection procedure
For information about the scholarship selection procedure, please refer to the
document ‘Information about the awarding of scholarships’.


Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst
German Academic Exchange Service
Department P22 – Transnational Education Projects in the Middle East, Africa,
Latin America
Kennedyallee 50
53175 Bonn, Germany
Please send any emails to:

Contact partners:
Hanna Cornelius, Senior Desk Officer
Phone: +49 (228) 882 8220
Christine Jost, Programme Administrator
Phone: +49 (228) 882 4568
Attachments to the
call for applications
1. Eligible expenditure
2. DAAD table of fees
3. Scholarship sums per target country
information and form
 Information about the awarding of scholarships
 Mobility information for those with a disability or chronic illness
 Handbook on Results-oriented Monitoring
 Guideline for preparing financing plans
Web-based seminar for applicants
A web-based seminar takes place from 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. (CET) on 13 October. The background and concept of the funding programme will be explained and questions will be answered. The seminar is held using AdobeConnect and is available via this link:
Any questions should ideally be emailed to the contact partners indicated
above in advance.


 Expression of interest project outline template
 Project description template
 Project planning overview template
 Approval of the university managem