Who, how, what – Project funding in practice
While the German government's Energy Research Programme fundamentally defines research requirements in the energy field, related funding announcements form the basis for practical project funding. Projects with suitable research ideas may apply for this funding. In these announcements, the ministries define the specific research needs of the subject areas for which they are responsible.
The Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) is responsible, among other things, for promoting sustainable power generation technologies, which are presented on this portal. These fall into the area of applied research. There are currently two different publications for this:
- The funding announcement for the 7th Energy Research Programme entitled "Innovations for the Energy Transition" describes, among other things, eligible topics in the fields of photovoltaics, wind energy, geothermal energy, solar thermal and conventional power plant technology, bioenergy as well as hydropower and marine energy.
- From 2008 to 2018, the research needs in the bioenergy field were defined by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy's „Biomass Energy Use“ funding announcement for promoting research and development on the cost- and energy-efficient use of biomass in the electricity and heat market.
Implementation of the funding programmes by Project Management Jülich
The Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy has commissioned Project Management Jülich (PtJ) with implementing the aforementioned funding programmes. This includes advising the applicants, assessing the projects submitted as well as approving and disbursing the funding until the results have been evaluated. As part of its funding programme management, Project Management Jülich forms an important interface between its clients and the funding recipients from companies, universities and non-university research institutions.