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Geological research – outlook
In the remaining two years of the R & D program, a further focal point will again be tackled. The topic "development of methods for early detection of natural hazards in Germany through innovative sensor and information technology" was the first common initiative by the two funding organizations on a research topic within GEOTECHNOLOGIEN. The evaluation of the submitted project proposals, ending on the last of February 2013 also takes place in close cooperation with the BMBF and DFG. If this procedure proves itself, this example should be followed by further invitations to tender.
Based on the internationally renowned research results and innovative practices and methods that were developed in the R & D program, a continuation of this successful concept for research funding is foreseen in January 2015, again supported by the two main German research councils. First conceptual discussions on such a follow-up program are to be carried out in the next 2 years and will aim at ensuring a smooth transition into a new research and development program. ¢
As part of the GEOTECHNOLOGIEN program the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and the German Research Foundation (DFG) will jointly fund various Earth science issues until the end of 2014. The program has tremendously encouraged interdisciplinary collaboration and strengthened, not only the links between research institutions and universities, but also the increased collaboration with the industry in the geosciences. The interaction of this somewhat alternating funding between the basic and applied research in science has provided extremely valuable input. About 45 universities, 30 research institutions outside of universities and more than 60 research partners in the industry have worked together over the last 13 years on topics of GEOTECHNOLOGIEN.
GEOTECHNOLOGIEN Newsletter "Insight" issue 1/2013