Funding mechanism and priority settings
There are different funding organizations and programmes operating at different public
levels (EU, federal, state) as well as private (foundations like DBU, VW, Robert-Bosch, Bill-
Gates and industry enterprises and industrial associations) which influence or try to
influence with their respective funds future research direction.
An introduction into the
funding mechanisms of the BMEL has been given in prior material
Agriculture and agricultural sciences receive increasing attention in the federal ministries.
Besides ‘classic’ ministries like the BMEL and the BMBF other ministries, such as the BMU
and BMZ show increasing interest in agricultural research. All of the ministries funding
principles are in line with the Federal Budget Regulation (Bundeshaushaltsordnung, BHO),
which means they issue calls, have experts review the applications, receive a funding
recommendation by the experts, which is sometimes changed for political reasons (e.g.
Unforeseeable budget cut-downs).