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Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research

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The Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research (AWI) is one of the worlds’ leading polar research organisations and delivers significant contributions to the international research on climate, marine and coastal issues. It coordinates the German polar research within an international framework and provides the national and international science community with polar and marine infrastructure. The AWI was established as a public foundation in 1980. It belongs to the Helmholtz Association, which has 28,000 employees in 16 research centres and an annual budget of approximately €2.8 billion. The Helmholtz Association is Germany’s largest scientific organization.

The AWI has a staff of approximately 980 people. The annual budget is the equivalent of €88 million, 90 % of which is provided from the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and 10 % from provincial sources. Additionally, the annual third party funded budget is the equivalent of €22 million.

Overall, the AWI has been involved in international projects for 25 years and participated in numerous FP5, FP6 and FP7 projects. AWI has a leading role in large national and international research projects, e.g. as the coordinator of EPICA (European Polar Ice Coring in Antarctica), a joint European Science Foundation and European Commission (EC) scientific programme, funded by the EC and by national contributions from 10 countries. Currently, the AWI is involved in more than 60 EU funded projects with a total project volume of more than €18 million granted by the European Commission. The latest AWI-coordinated FP7 collaborative project PAGE21 started in November 2011. The AWI-coordinated Marie Curie IRSES project IMCONet, with 16 North and South American and European partners, is currently in negotiation.


AWI will lead task 3.4. It will also be involved in the other tasks of WP3 as well as WP5, WP6 (specifically tasks 6.1 and 6.3) and WP7.