The Pact for Research and Innovation aims to improve the competitiveness of German research. This involves strengthening the large non-university research organisations and the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, Germany’s most important research funder.
Goals of the Pact for Research and Innovation
- Promoting dynamic development
- Strengthening knowledge transfer to business and society
- Deepening networks
- Recruiting and retaining the best minds
- Strengthening research infrastructures
Guaranteeing planning security
Since 2005 the pact has guaranteed the basic funding and further development of the research institutions that are jointly funded by the Federal Government and the German states as well as the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft. This agreement between federal and state governments has now been extended for a fourth time and will continue until 2030: the Federal Government and the German states will increase basic institutional provision by 3% annually. An additional sum of roughly 17 billion euros will be made available for research as a result.
Support for higher quality, efficiency and performance
The Pact for Research and Innovation involves the following organisations, which are jointly funded by the Federal Government and the German states:
- Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft
- Helmholtz Association
- Leibniz Association
For their part, the science and research organisations have pledged to increase their quality, efficiency and performance within the framework of the pact. They present their results in annual reports.