BMBF Framework Programme Research for Sustainable Development (FONA)
Mankind is confronted with a challenge of an unprecedented extent. The next 10 to 20 years will determine whether and how to cope with the global challenges posed by climate change and water shortage, the loss of biodiversity, soil degradation and shortage of resources and energy.
If the quality of life shall be maintained in industrialized countries and be improved in developing and newly industrialized countries, we must find ways to achieve apparently opposed goals: it is imperative to secure prosperity, to enable development and a future that is worth living as well as to reduce the consumption of natural resiurces and the emission of ecologically harmful sustances.
Research for sustainability offers an integrated system-oriented approach that develops innovative concepts and solutions for these challenges. It is meant to be the basis for decision making for future-oriented acting. For this purpose, the Framework Programme integrates the entire research process from the basis to the application. Until 2015 the Federal Ministry of Education and Research will fund more than 2 billion euros.
The Framework Programme focus on the following fields of action:
Global responsibility – International networking
Earth system and geotechnologies
Climate and energy
Sustainable management and resources
These fields of action are supplemented by cross-sectional issues. Initially, land management, economy and sustainability as well as research infrastructures are addressed as central cross-sectional issues.
Achievement of the ambitious national climate protection goals and development of concepts for the adaptation to climate change. The Federal Government offers to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent below the level of 1990 by the year 2020 as the German contribution to an international climate protection convention after 2012.
Energy supply must become sustainable and future-oriented. Until 2020, the percentage of renewable energies in the total energy supply is to rise to 20 percent and energy productivity is to be doubled
compared to 1990.
The productivity of resources is to be doubled by 2020, the current rate of land consumption of 130 hectares per day is to be reduced to 30 hectares per day. The worldwide loss of biodiversity must be stemmed and ecosystem functions preserved.
Understanding and shaping social change in terms of sustainable development.
To achieve these goals, we must engage in international cooperation and develop globally viable solutions in cooperation with the affected and dynamically growing regions in the world. At the same time, the goal of global sustainable development is a unique opportunity for industry. Climate protection, resource efficiency and future-oriented energy supply are the lead markets of the future.
For us, innovation policy means sustainability policy. We develop lead markets for sustainable growth and new workplaces. Because already today, technologies, products and services for climate protection that are “made in Germany“, are leading in many fields.
We support networking between science and economy. The participation of SME (small and medium-sized enterprises) in research is to be enhanced, the gap between research and utilization to be closed. By
setting the appropriate framework conditions, efforts for a high participation of enterprises are made.
We boost international networking of research. Germany increases its cooperation with partners from developing and newly industrialized developing countries. We will further develop our research landscape
and make it attractive for talents from all over the world.
We open up export potentials. Our funding policy is focused on fields that will open up future markets and further increase our exports. However, what and how much we are going to export will depend decisively on whether we react adequately to challenges such as climate change, resource scarcity or water supply.
We expand transdisciplinary and interdisciplinary research concepts. We want solutions for a sustainable society. In order for research to be fully effective, we integrate all relevant social groups. This is what
transdisciplinarity means to us.
We strengthen the moderating role of the BMBF. The division of labor within the Federal Government provides the reliable basis for a coordinated approach and a complementary funding policy of the departments. In future, the BMBF will expand its moderating role in order to develop business-related relevance and industry-specific contributions. With the approaches and insights of sustainability research, the BMBF will provide contributions for the structuring of legislative processes.
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