Federal Ministry of Education and Research (Germany)

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Federal Ministry of Education and Research
Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF)
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Agency overview
Formed 20 October 1955 as Bundesministerium für Atomfragen
Jurisdiction Government of Germany
Headquarters Heinemannstraße 2
53175 Bonn
Employees 900
Annual budget € 9.187 billion (2008)
Minister responsible
Agency executives
  • Thomas Rachel, Parliamentary State Secretary
  • Andreas Storm, Parliamentary State Secretary
  • Michael Thielen, Permanent State Secretary
  • Frieder Meyer-Krahmer, Permanent State Secretary
Website http://www.bmbf.de

The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (German: Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung), abbreviated BMBF, is a cabinet-level ministry of the Federal Republic of Germany. It is headquartered in Bonn, with an office in Berlin. The Ministry provides funding for research projects and institutions, regulates nuclear energy, and sets general educational policy. It also provides student loans in Germany. However, a large part of educational policy in Germany is decided at the state level, strongly limiting the influence of the ministry in educational matters.


The Federal Ministry for Atomic Issues was established in 1955, concentrating on research in the peaceful use of nuclear energy. The ministry was renamed in 1962 to Federal Ministry of Scientific Research, with a broader scope; it was renamed again, to Federal Ministry of Education and Science, in 1969.

A separate ministry, the Federal Ministry of Research and Technology, was established in 1972. The two Ministries merged in 1994 to form the Federal Ministry for Education, Science, Research and Technology; this title was shortened to Federal Ministry for Education and Research in 1998.


Ministry of Education and Research headquarters building, Bonn

The BMBF currently has eight departments (as of February 2009). These are in addition to the central department that is responsible for administrative tasks:[1]

  • Office 1: Strategies and Policy Issues
  • Office 2: European and international cooperation in education and research
  • Office 3: Vocational Training and Lifelong Learning
  • Office 4: Science
  • Office 5: Key Technologies - Research for Innovation
  • Office 6: Life Sciences - Research for Health
  • Office 7: Provision for the Future - Research on Culture, Basic Science and Sustainability

Each department consists of one or two sub-divisions and 10 to 15 units. The greater part of the subdivision is located at the Bonn office, the smaller part of the Berlin office. Employs about 900 people, the BMBF. The Minister for Education and Research Annette Schavan. In addition, include two parliamentary secretaries and two civil servants lead the staff.

Federal Ministers

Political Party:       CDU       SPD

Party Term of Office Chancellor
Federal Minister for Education, Science, Research and Technology
Jürgen Rüttgers
(b. 1951)
CDU 17 November 1994 26 October 1998 Kohl
Federal Minister for Education and Research
Edelgard Bulmahn
(b. 1951)
SPD 26 October 1998 22 November 2005 Schröder
Annette Schavan
(b. 1955)
CDU 22 November 2005 14 February 2013 Merkel
Johanna Wanka
(b. 1951)
CDU 14 February 2013 Incumbent Merkel

See also


  1. "Organisationsplan des Bundesministeriums für Bildung und Forschung" (pdf). BMBF. p. 1. Retrieved 2009-02-15.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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