These issues lead to numerous questions and tasks that cannot be (or are unlikely to be) addressed by parties acting solely in their own private interests, so these must be addressed through research, education and innovation. The BMBF therefore has the role of providing a precautionary public service and safeguarding the fundamental necessities of life. In parallel to this role, the BMBF also has a responsibility to support the German economy as it adapts to fluctuating international markets and competitive conditions.
The BMBF places equal importance on demand-oriented and future-oriented research funding. In this context then, research can be understood as:
It is apparent that research is becoming a increasingly important factor in decision-making processes, as it allows solutions and answers to be found that are not only valid now, but in the future too.
On behalf of the BMBF attends the organisational unit Environment, Culture, Sustainability in the German Aerospace Center Project Management Agency (PT-DLR) functionally and administrative to the funding measures regarding Global Change.
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