Federal Ministry for Education and Research (Germany)
The Federal Ministry of Education and Research is a ministry in the German cabinet
Cabinet of Germany
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. It is headquartered in Bonn
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, with an office in Berlin
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Functions and Responsibilities

The Ministry of Education and Research provides funding for research projects and institutions and regulates general educational policy. However, a large part of educational policy in Germany is decided at the state
States of Germany
Germany is made up of sixteen which are partly sovereign constituent states of the Federal Republic of Germany. Land literally translates as "country", and constitutionally speaking, they are constituent countries...

level, strongly limiting the influence of the ministry.


The ministry was founded in 1955 as Federal Ministry for Atomic Issues, 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 name that it kept until its merger with the Federal Ministry of Research and Technology in 1994.

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