MUNICH/BERLIN In today's meeting, the Joint Science Conference (Gemeinsame Wissenschaftskonferenz - GWK), which coordinates joint scientific funding activities of the federal government and regional authorities, decided to update the pact for research and innovation. Bavaria's Research Minister, Ilse Aigner: “This is a very important decision for promoting research, as the large research institutes can now rely on funding for the next five years. This is also helpful for us in terms of our future strategic planning.” Aigner also added: “Investments in research ensure competitiveness and growth and safeguard jobs. The Bavarian regions benefit from this, too.”
Aigner also welcomes the five-year planning horizon, particularly as negotiations concerning the possible continuation of the research pact are separated from negotiations pertaining to the solidarity agreement (which ends on 31st December 2019) in terms of time. For the future research pact, an annual increase of three per cent, which is funded solely by the federal government, will be made available to research organisations. This provides some leeway to the states which we “will make use of”, says Aigner.
The pact for research and innovation provides security in terms of financial planning to all research institutions that are funded jointly by the federal government and the state governments (Fraunhofer Gesellschaft, Helmholtz Association, Max Planck Society and Leibniz Association) as well as to the German Research Foundation which operates as a funding agency. The pact is an important element that helps maintain the dynamism found in the German research landscape. The pact was initially established by the Heads of the Federal and State Government for the period from 2005 to 2010 and was subsequently extended from 2011 to 2015. The third period of the research pact will be in place from 1st January 2016 to 31st December 2020.