Flagship Initiatives

The flagship initiatives for sustainability are the political priorities in the FONA research framework programme. The four topics, Green Economy, City of the Future, Energiewende and Biodiversity, address systems that are key to human coexistence; the transformation of these systems is crucial for the future viability of our way of life and business dealings.

We no longer ask ourselves what research can offer society but what solutions are required. Thus, the flagships aim to achieve the greatest possible relevance for transformation. This results in a shift in the programme logic from a supply orientation to a demand orientation.

The city, the business world, the energy supply and ecosystems are all highly complex systems. If a research landscape is to contribute to the a transformation of these systems, it must transcend the boundaries of established research fields and adopt a systemic approach from the word go. To this end, the well-honed inter-ministerial cooperation, particularly between the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU), the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) and the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL), will be systematically enlarged to include the entire process, from identifying research priorities, selecting and carrying out projects, right through to their realisation and application.

Maximum openness in all programme areas is a prerequisite in ensuring that the flagship initiatives are continuously geared towards the transfer of the research results. By its very nature, the programme serves as a platform: stakeholders and participants from the fields of politics, industry and administration, and representatives from civil society are involved in the project and research process from day one.

Accordingly, the four topics, Green Economy, City of the Future, Energiewende and Biodiversity were identified as a result of dialogue and organised thematically in agenda processes. The initiatives were assigned specific activities in the FONA research framework programme and refined systematically in further discussions. Since FONA regards itself as a learning programme, further flagship initiatives may be identified and researched as required.

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