Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)
The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) is the political body in charge of vocational and higher education and training and research. It is organised into eight departments. The Central Services department is in charge of human resources, budget controlling, including grant awarding proceedings, and information technology in the BMBF. The seven other departments provide the following tasks: 1) strategies and policy issues, 2) European and international cooperation in education and research, 3) vocational training and lifelong learning, 4) science system (institutions of higher education, research organisations), 5) key technologies, research for innovation, 6) life sciences, research for health, 7) provisions for the future (cultural, basic and sustainability research).