The United Kingdom and Germany signed a Joint Declaration of Intent for scientific and research cooperation

The UK Science and Technology Secretary, Michelle Donelan, and the German Minister and Germany have announced that they will sign a Joint Statement of Intent committing both countries to expand their scientific and research ties.

The UK government said it would consider using £337 million ($431.1 million) of funding available through the International Science Partnership Fund to enable British researchers and innovators to work with German partners on key projects.

“By supporting our brightest minds and leading institutions to work together, we will increase the opportunities for them to create new jobs, build new businesses and ultimately deliver a better quality of life for us all,” said Michelle Donelan, UK Secretary of State for Science, innovation and technology.

As part of the announcement, the British Academy and the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP) are awarding the inaugural Global Innovation Fellowships, which aim to encourage collaborative research into the dynamics of global order.

With DGAP based in Berlin, the Government said these one-year fellowships will help facilitate collaborative research efforts. A call for additional grants will be issued later this year to support this initiative.

The British Academy has announced plans for three symposia over the next three years in partnership with Germany's Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. These events aim to bring together early career researchers from both countries, increasing opportunities for collaborative work in the humanities and social sciences.

These initiatives coincided with efforts to strengthen UK-German research collaboration through programs such as Horizon Europe.

“Today's exchange of views with the scientific communities in Germany and Great Britain is just the beginning. Our Joint Statement of Intent provides the basis for good and close cooperation to strengthen science and research,” said Bettina Stark-Watzinger, Federal Minister of Education and Science of Germany.

Meeting between Great Britain and Germany it brought together people from the scientific and research communities of both countries, such as the Max-Planck Society, the Royal Society, the UK University and the Helmholtz Association. Its aim is to explore opportunities for collaborative research and development in the field of quantum and artificial intelligence (AI) for clean technology and research security.

In order to consolidate these ambitions, the governments of the United Kingdom and Germany will establish a Strategic Working Group with the task of translating these aspirations into concrete action plans.

Past partnerships between the UK and Germany

The government highlighted the already strong relationship between the UK and Germany in science, technology and research. The government said Germany is the UK's second largest global research contributor and represents the UK's primary research partner in Europe.

The government said previous collaborations, such as the EAVI2020 HIV-AIDS vaccine project, illustrated the fruitful partnership between UK and German researchers. Institutions such as Imperial College London are also playing a role, as evidenced by their renewed partnership with Germany's Technical University of Munich, with a focus on artificial intelligence, health and sustainability.

Both nations play key roles in renowned international scientific organizations such as CERN, the European Laboratory for Particle Physics and the European Space Agency.

In November, Great Britain and Germany did pact that will help ensure safe, affordable and clean energy for consumers in both countries. The cooperation aims to improve energy security in both countries.

In September, Great Britain and Germany signed agreement on accelerating the development of the international hydrogen industry. The joint statement of intent cemented cooperation between the UK and Germany in support of international hydrogen trade.

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