In order to support and strengthen university partnerships, the Material Resources Programme funds equipment university infrastructure in developing countries.
Economic development is largely based on the potential for innovation, which, to a great extent, is made accessible by applied research at higher education institutions. These institutions play a central role in the generation, dissemination, and application of knowledge. In both the developing countries as well as in the industrialised world, they are needed to contribute to solving global problems. In this context, the DAAD supports infrastructure by financing and supplying equipment for teaching and research purposes at universities in developing countries to further advance the possibilities for applied research and, thus, innovation.
The programme serves to support and strengthen university partnerships. The aim is to support the development of viable university structures in the areas of teaching, research, and development in developing countries. Further, the services offered by the universities from abroad are to be improved. In this way, the programme is also intended to counter the brain drain of academics.
Another aim is to offer targeted support for activities funded in the framework of the alumni programme. Equipment is provided for former DAAD scholarship holders and Germany alumni to continue the research work they started at German higher education institutions, thus facilitating the success of scholarships and academic work. For this reason, preferential support is given to applications that closely interlink with the alumni programme and the range DAAD partnership programmes.
In 2015 approximately 20 applications were submitted. There were seven applications each from countries in Asia and Africa. Applications for equipment mainly come from the fields of natural sciences and medicine.