The Federal Ministry of Research and Education (BMBF) publishes actual expenditure data
broken down by funding areas and funding priorities, which are based on the Federal
Government’s R&D planning system (Leistungsplansystematik)6.
This system has been
revised since the reporting year 2011. Agricultural research is now reported under category
D: food, agriculture and consumer protection and divided into (DA) food sector; (DB)
sustainable agriculture and rural areas; and (DC) health and economic consumer
protection. Previous to the revision R&D expenditure was summarised for agriculture,
forestry and fisheries (in category R), and the food sector (Q).
Data is available from the
year 1981 on with a gap in 1984. For each funding area and funding priority, total
expenditure and therein R&D expenditure are provided. Expenditure is assigned to the
categories at project level; and for other ministries mainly according to budget headings.
The funds for institutional support, including the expenditure of the federal government-
owned scientific institutions, are – based on their specific tasks – also classified by research
themes to one or more funding areas or priorities. There are some deviations from this for
some federal funded departmental research organizations and the DFG. The data reported
in this format is not consistent with the GERD data.