(27 Nov 2020) The German government has announced a massive €4 billion (US$4.8 billion) budget to support research projects addressing global warming and sustainability under its FONA strategy over the coming five years.
Run by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research or BMBF, the FONA (Forschung für Nachhaltigkeit) strategy for research on sustainability was launched in 2005. Earlier this year, FONA was evaluated by the Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research (ISI), which found that it had “made a substantial contribution to establishing sustainability research in Germany which has an international impact”.
From 2005 to 2018, almost 10,000 projects were supported via the FONA strategy, involving a total of €5.2 billion in BMBF support. Now, Federal Education and Research Minister Anja Karliczek has announced that the strategy is to be allocated €4 billion for research in the fields of combating global warming and sustainability for the coming five years, under the motto “Knowing how future works”.
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