What We Do
IPoS conducts research in its main areas of expertise and assists clients in solving current problems by providing scientific services. As an independent body, IPoS is committed to the basic principles and quality criteria of scientific work.
Our clients and partners include public administration actors, such as the police and judiciary, but also civil society actors (NGOs, foundations).
The main focus of the research institute lies in the implementation of domestic and international third-party/externally funded research projects.
IPoS takes on the role of both the Lead-Applicant and Co-Applicant or provides experts.
In this area IPoS offers extensive activities and experience in the following areas:
- Identification of suitable and interesting calls for proposal:
Regular proactive search of the current project tender. This usually happens in two ways:
- IPoS goes through the publications of the current calls for tenders and searches for consortium partners and experts for suitable calls
- or IPoS is addressed by a statement of interest (for example from ministries, police, NGOs, etc) on a research topic and we try to find a suitable call for tenders.
These include the EU programmes, ministerial programmes as well as foundations.
- Search and compilation of a suitable consortium and experts
Depending on the intended project proposal, its topic and duration, IPoS searches for matching consortium partners. Depending on the desired project proposal, its topic, project duration and budget, IPoS identifies appropriate consortium partners and establishes contacts.
- Preparation of the project application
IPoS gladly takes on the preparation of a project proposal or is happy to participate in the preparation of parts of a project application.
Where the responsibility for the preparation of a project application lies with the IPoS, all suggestions, criticisms and ideas of the involved parties are taken into account and integrated under constant consultation.
The following points are included in the preparation of the project applications:
- Familiarisation with the respective CfP guidelines
- Necessary background research on the project topic
- Planning and distribution of tasks for the parties involved
- Preparation and description of the work packages
- Planning and creation of the schedule for the work packages within the project lifecycle including the project milestones
- Planning and creation of the project budget
- Identification of possible project risks and creation of suitable mitigation measures
- Project implementation
IPoS has a great interest in carrying out projects with scientific success. The whole team pursues the goal of delivering good work and achieving effective and sustainable results. In order to ensure that the scientific work within the project can be carried out smoothly and optimal, IPoS has established a comprehensive project and process management system that ensures actual scientific work can be at the center of attention for all parties involved and that the project meets all requirements. The project management has the following main tasks: Monitoring and Control by
- Risk Management
- Quality Management
- Process Management
- Interface Management
- Communication Management
In addition, the cooperation of the involved parties within a project has a very special value. IPoS always serves as a contact point for all necessary support e.g. any content-related questions, support in processing individual work packages, questions about the course of the project, the project budget etc.
- Project Completion
The completion of projects is also one of the important components of a successful project. IPoS takes over the successful completion of projects beyond the project duration. This includes:
- Project Acceptance
Supervision and implementation of project acceptance at the respective third-party funding agency
- Quality Management
We aspire to learn from each project and lead, for example, internal evaluations and feedback rounds in order to constantly evolve;
- Knowledge Management
With every project we carry out, we generate new knowledge and experiences, which we specifically safeguard so that we and others may profit from them in future
Currently the IPoS is active in the following programmes:
EU Justice Programme: Justice around Europa
„Justice offers concrete financial support to various organisations specialised thematically in the area of justice. It focuses on the following key areas:
- judicial cooperation in civil matters, including civil and commercial matters, family matters etc.
- judicial cooperation in criminal matters
- judicial training, including language training on legal terminology, with a view to fostering a common legal and judicial culture
- effective access to justice in Europe, including rights of victims of crime and procedural rights in criminal proceedings
- initiatives in the field of drugs policy (judicial cooperation and crime prevention aspects)
EU Twinning: European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations
„Twinning is a European Union instrument for institutional cooperation between Public Administrations of EU Member States and of beneficiary or partner countries.
Twinning projects bring together public sector expertise from EU Member States and beneficiary countries with the aim of achieving concrete mandatory operational results through peer to peer activities.“
EU Internal Security Fund (ISF) – BKA
The ISF is divided into the areas border and security.
The EU's internal security funds are no longer managed centrally by the EU-COM, but directly through the Member States.
For this purpose, a joint "Competent Authority" has been set up in Germany for the areas ISF border and ISF security.
IPoS is currently implementing projects funded by the
- Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection
- Federal Ministry for Families, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth
Read more about our current projects here
Knowledge transfer and Trainings
As part of IPoS’ work the knowledge transfer includes knowledge generated in implemented project, experiences and data gained here as well as the combined expertise of all IPoS internal experts as well as our partners.
We expressly provide this knowledge to anyone interested in: individuals as well as institutions such as the police, judicial authorities, universities, and other public administration and civil society actors
IPoS sees itself as a supportive service facility; on request we provide trainings, seminars, workshops etc., as well as the mediation of contacts to relevantly appointed speakers. On request, members of the institute also undertake lectures and training commitments on topics of their respective research and work priorities.IPoS also supports the curriculum tasks of for example the existing police service. In addition, IPoS is responsible for interdisciplinary and interdisciplinary support in topic preparation, processing and supervision of diploma theses.
IPoS promotes exchanges with members of the police, other professional groups, institutions and universities through: Organisation of meetings and workshops and establishment of working groups. Our team itself regularly participates in various events