As regards funding organizations, there seems to be no evaluation on a project basis. Some
of the programmes are evaluated by external coordinators.
The BMBF focuses the
evaluations on scientific and economic output (not only patents but also creation of jobs).
In addition there are internal self reflection processes, e.g. On the Bioeconomy strategy. A
result is the action plan ‘Guide to Bioeconomy’ (Aktionsplan Wegweiser Bioökonomie)10.
An external evaluation of the bioeconomy strategy is planned for next year. The DFG e.g.
Issues regular statistical reports and evaluative studies. In relation to the Excellence
Initiative, Collaborative Research Centres and Research Training Groups, the DFG the DFG
carries out annual surveys of funded research groups, in order to supplement the data
collected during the processing of proposals.
The focus is on scientific quality and output11.
The Federal Office for Agriculture and Food carries out single evaluations of programmes,
e.g. On the BÖLN, a federal programme on organic agriculture . Funded projects are
evaluated as a standard procedure regarding e.g. The achieved objectives, outcomes and
identified research gaps.
The BLE representative adduces that there is a general lack of
appropriate evaluation methodology which is able to capture the wider impacts and the
time lag of research adoption.