International Preparatory Travel

International Preparatory Travel


Preparatory travel

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) supports project preparation travel within the framework of Erasmus+ actions International Partnerships (capacity-building projects) and Joint Masters Degrees.

Programme content

The offer is aimed at university staff wishing to travel in the context of current or upcoming calls in Erasmus+ to prepare a project application for international partnerships (capacity-building projects) in a partner country (outside the EU) or for the preparation of a Joint Master’s Degree in a partner country (outside the EU) or in a member state or associated country (within the EU).


The application is possible at any time, however the application for approval must be granted by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) prior to the commencement of the journey. A project preparation journey can only be granted for one person.

The approval of a preparatory journey should be followed by a subsequent application in the corresponding Erasmus+ activity. In the process, the German institution can either be integrated into the project as an applicant or as a partner (request from the university in the programme/partner country).

BMBF: International cooperation in education and research, in the region Middle East and South East Europe, to prepare for an application in Horizon 2020

The cooperation in education and research with the Central and Eastern European and South Eastern European countries is characterised by the development of the European Education and Research Region, the Innovation Union as well as the enlargement and the consolidation of the European Union (EU).

Against this backdrop, the target countries of this call are:

  • The EU member states of Bulgaria, Estonia, Greece, Croatia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, the Slovak Republic, Slovenia, the Czech Republic and Hungary
  • The official EU candidate countries of Albania, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia and
  • The EU potential candidate countries of Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Republic of Kosovo.

The BMBF programme provides funds for the preparation and submission of projects in relation to the thematic priorities of the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation Horizon 2020 as well as other relevant EU programmes.

In the first stage of the process, project drafts are to be submitted in German or English in the call for proposals open permanently up to 29 December 2017 via the electronic draft tool PT Outline (

DFG: Initiation of International Collaboration

Applicants interested in establishing collaborative scientific relationships with partners abroad may apply for funding for trips abroad, guest visits or exploratory workshops. These costs may be co-financed by a foreign partner organisation.

Funding is available for the following collaborative measures:

  • For international travel, up to three months/guest visits to the German or the foreign partner institution
  • Joint workshops

Proposals may be submitted at any time via the Elan portal of the DFG, but no later than at least 3 months before the start of the activity.

Further information can be found on the DFG website for initiation of international collaboration.

(Changed: 2020-01-23)