Social-ecological Research (SÖF)

The establishment of the funding priority Social-Ecological Research (SÖF) marked the transition from environmental research to sustainability research within the BMBF. Society-related sustainability research has become a major component of the BMBF’s “Research for Sustainable Development” (FONA) framework programme; it illustrates the fact that sustainable development can only be achieved, by linking innovations in natural sciences and engineering with social innovations.