Federal Research Institutions
Germany's Federal Ministries fund 41 Federal R&D institutions. This departmental research is always directly related to each ministry's field of activity. The main objective of the research is to support the respective ministry's activities and provide the necessary scientific basis for the execution of sovereign tasks.
One example of a departmental research institute is the Robert Koch Institute which is responsible for disease control and prevention. It is the central Federal reference institution for both applied and response-oriented research, as well as for the public health sector. Another example is the Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing (BAM). BAM is responsible for the development of safety and reliability in chemistry and materials technologies, including legal regulations on safety standards and threshold values.
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9,200 scientists (2009)
planned budget in 2012: 1,707.5 million euros
for R&D: 828 million euros
German Federal research institutions perform research in nearly all areas: society, security and defence, science, infrastructure, animal protection, strategic issues, nature conservation, environmental protection, consumer protection, healthcare, development policy and economic policy.
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The departmental research institutes are 100% publicly funded. The total budget planned in 2012 is approx. 1.7 billion euros, with 828 million allocated for research.