Material Resources Programme for Institutions of Higher Education in Developing Countries

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Striving to promote and strengthen partnerships between higher education institutions, the DAAD distributes funding for infrastructural equipment for institutions in developing countries, in the context of the Material Support Programme.


Scientific development is based, to a substantial part, on innovation potential that is realised in particular through application-oriented research performed at higher education institutions. These institutions play an important part in generating, distributing and applying knowledge. In addition to this, they are required to contribute to solving global problems, in developing countries as well as in the industrialised world. It is against this background that the DAAD distributes funding for infrastructural equipment for teaching and research facilities at higher education institutions in developing countries.

Programme objectives

The programme is intended to promote and strengthen partnerships between higher education institutions. Its goal is to establish sustainable higher education structures in the areas of teaching, research and development in developing countries, and to improve the service range offered by higher education institutions. In doing so, it is also meant to counteract brain drain of university members.

Another objective of the programme is to support activities in the context of the alumni programme for developing countries in a targeted manner. Provision of devices and other non-monetary resources enable former DAAD scholarship holders to continue the research work they took up at German higher education institutions. The success of the scholarships and the related scientific work shall therefore be safeguarded. This is why priority is given to applications with close links to the alumni programme, the programme for subject-related university partnerships, partnerships in the healthcare sector in developing countries, and within the biodiversity quality network.

The programme is supplemented with indicator-based and effect-oriented monitoring.


Eligible measures

  • Devices and non-monetary resources that are necessary for establishing teaching and research capacities
  • Scientific literature to establish specialist libraries
  • Fee-based access to specific research databases to allow for a connection to the current status of knowledge and research.

All endeavours must be related to a specific application-oriented research or teaching project that is relevant with regard to development policy.

Supported by:

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DAAD - Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst - German Academic Exchange Service