The specific rules, documents and annexes for each type of contract are listed below. DAAD provides financial support for international study and training partnerships with funds from the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). ISAP grants scholarships to German students who do part of their study abroad at a partner university, with the added benefit of dropping out of school or significantly reducing their studies. German universities are encouraged to develop not only attractive courses for foreign exchange students, but also credit transfer systems, program cooperation strategies and/or alternating study structures that lead to the sustainable internationalisation of the two partner institutions. Assistance is provided for travel grants, scholarships, insurance and tuition fees (up to 50% of normal fees) for German students; Language courses and tutorials for students from Canada or the United States, as well as welcoming lectures to partner institutions. Funding for new projects is generally provided for two years of study with an extension. For more information, click here. Project DEAL: Project DEAL is an initiative of the Alliance of Scientific Organizations in Germany. The objective is to negotiate and conclude federal licensing agreements with major academic publishers for their entire E-Journal offer. The aim is to change the prices and availability of content in order to reduce costs and make more efficient use of the financial capacities of institutions and to expand academic access to academic literature, including some kind of open access. The participation of 268 German universities and research institutes as well as public libraries raises hopes for new contracts and changes. Negotiations began in 2016 and focus on the three largest publishers in the German market: Elsevier, Springer Nature and Wiley.
As the press releases indicate, negotiations with Elsevier are not successful. Although about 300 institutions have terminated their contracts with Elsevier, no consensus has yet been reached and negotiations have been temporarily postponed until July 2018. In January 2019, a contract was signed with Wiley, which resulted in the first Publish and Read (PAR) contract with German institutions. The PAR fee is calculated annually on the basis of publications by institution and allows all authors of participating institutions to publish open access (usually under CC-BY) in all Wiley E-Journals, at no additional cost, as well as a 20% discount on the cost of processing articles for Wiley Gold Open Access magazines.