Background and Status
As one of the biggest project management organizations in Germany, Project Management Jülich (PtJ) is a competent partner for science, industry and politics. With expertise in research and innovation management, PtJ supports its clients in the German federal government and state governments as well as the European Commission in implementing their research policy goals. PtJ is thus an important point of contact for those interested in Germany as a competitive location for research and innovation in a common European Research Area.
As a largely independent organizational unit of Forschungszentrum Jülich – one of the largest scientific research centres in Europe with over 4,000 employees – PtJ benefits from a progressive scientific environment and access to excellent infrastructure facilities. Apart from Jülich, PtJ has branches in Berlin and Rostock-Warnemünde.
In 2004, PtJ introduced a quality management system for its services, and in 2005 this quality assurance measure was certified according to the DIN EN ISO 9001 standard.
With around 480 employees, PtJ covers a broad range of topics. It combines scientific and structural expertise with administrative and business know-how in a neutral manner independent of economic interests.
PtJ has more than 30 years of sound experience in government funding for research and innovation. It designs new funding priorities within the framework of the funding programmes it coordinates, and it prepares the corresponding calls for proposals. PtJ provides advice for those seeking funding on national and European research funding programmes. It oversees the complete application and approval phase, project implementation, and the exploitation of results.
Germany will only be able to master the challenges of the energy economy and energy technologies if energy supply is put on a sustainable footing. The promotion of renewable energies, a decrease in energy demand and enhanced energy efficiency are necessary for medium- and long-term energy efficiency. In this respect, the development of climate protective and efficient technologies plays a key role.
The German Federal Government’s 5th Energy Research Programme “Innovation and New Energy Technologies” sets the framework for research funding in the forthcoming years. It is consistent with the German National Strategy for Sustainable Development and the National Climate Protection Programme.
On behalf of several federal ministries, Project Management Jülich supervises substantial parts of energy research funding, including the funding programmes on renewable energies, rational energy use and power plant technologies. Beyond that, PtJ provides qualified input to important strategic cross-section activities.
PtJ is also responsible for important coordination tasks within the framework of European research programmes. With six National Contact Points dealing with the most important topics targeted by European research funding, it is closely integrated in the preparation and implementation of EU Research Framework Programmes. This position is strengthened by participation in the programme committees of the Seventh Framework Programme. The National Contact Points provide applicants with advice on all issues related to research funding and support them in implementing their projects.
By participating in a number of ERA-NET projects, PtJ also plays a role in expanding the European Research Area. In the area of energy, it has participated in four ERA-NET projects of the European Commission, including three in which PtJ assumes the coordination function. At the international level, PtJ represents its contractors in various committees, including the International Energy Agency (IEA) and the International Partnership for the Hydrogen Economy (IPHE).