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
- Intensifying development of the research system
- Strengthening networking within the research system
- Deepening international cooperation
- Strengthening exchange with industry and society
- Attracting the best minds for research
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 is being extended until 2020: the Federal Government and the German states will increase basic institutional provision by 3 per cent per year. That provides security and room for the institutions’ further development.
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.