Supporting basic research is primarily a task of the German Länder. Institutions and projects of scientific research with national importance are co-funded by the Federal Government.
BMBF support for scientific basic research is focused on
Large-scale facilities are a fundamental component of Germany's research infrastructure. The selection process for new large-scale facilities takes place following an intensive peer review, including for instance the "Wissenschaftsrat" involving worldwide experts of the respective field. This ensures that large-scale facilities of outstanding quality are chosen to be built and funded.
Construction and operation of the large-scale facilities is carried out by the Helmholtz Research Centres as well as the institutes of the Leibniz Association, the Max Planck Society or by international research organizations like CERN,ESRF, ESO, and ILL.
Research at large-scale facilities is expedited, for instance, by excellent research groups at German universities. This fosters an active and fruitful exchange between the operators of large-scale facilities and the external user community which leads to the conception of new experiments and to the development of innovative instruments and research methods..
The BMBF considers this concurrence of external research groups and the large-scale facilities in national and international centres as an important area for funding and thus supports this cooperation financially in the framework of "Verbundforschung" (collaborative research). With specific funds - primarily addressed to universities - excellent scientfic projects at large-scale facilities are funded.
The funds are mainly granted for university education and talented junior staff in natural sciences.
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Naturwissenschaftliche Grundlagenforschung an Großgeräten
2009, 68 pages
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