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Dr. Torben Heinze
Deputy Head of Division
Joint Science Conference (GWK) | Pact Monitoring | Administrative Committee
Leibniz Association
Chausseestraße 111
10115 Berlin
Tel.: +49 30 / 20 60 49 - 59

The Joint Initiative for Research and Innovation

The Leibniz Association signed both the original Joint Initiative for Research and Innovation and its successor, thereby committing itself to adopting a strategy for the entire Association in line with the aims of the Initiative.

Joint Initiative for Research and Innovation 2006-2010 (Initiative I)

For the period 2006 to 2010, Initiative I envisaged annual financial growth of at least three percent in institutional funding for non-university research institutions and the German Research Foundation (DFG). One of the objectives was to support the competitive allocation of funding within the non-university research institutions. For their part, the organisations agreed to adopt the following principles of the Initiative:

  • benchmarking and quality assurance
  • strategic development and foresight
  • networking and clusters of excellence, national and international collaborations
  • promotion of junior researchers
  • access to leadership positions for qualified female researchers
  • exploitation of research results and promotion of staff start-ups

Continuation of the Joint Initiative for Research and Innovation 2011-2015 (Initiative II)

The Federal and Länder Governments as well as the science organisations came to the conclusion that the Joint Initiative for Research and Innovation had triggered structural change in Germany’s academic landscape which could only have an impact in the long term. To ensure this, it was necessary to continue and further develop the strategic measures that had been started. Thus for the period 2011 to 2015 (Initiative II), it was decided to increase the subsidies for jointly funded research institutions in the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, Helmholtz Association, Max Planck Society and the Leibniz Association as well as the German Research Foundation by five percent annually. This allows the science organisations to pursue the research policy goals defined by the Federal and Länder Governments in agreement with the science organisations:

  • dynamic development of the research system
  • performance-enhancing and dynamic networking within the research system
  • development and implementation of new strategies in international collaboration
  • establishment of sustainable partnerships between research and business
  • long-term recruitment of the best minds for German research

The Federalion, the Länder and the Leibniz Association agreed that the Leibniz Association would establish a Leibniz Competition for allocating funding to promote the aims of the Initiative. The Joint Science Council decided that the competition would be financed to the sum of approximately 30 million EUR per round from Initiative II. The remaining annual financial growth from Initiative II is determined during negotiations on the respective business plans or programme budgets between Leibniz institutions and the Federal and Länder Governments.

On 30 June 2007, the Leibniz Association submitted the first of its annual reports to the then Bund-Länder Commission for Educational Planning and Research Promotion, today’s Joint Science Conference (GWK), on the implementation of the Joint Initiative and the resulting achievements.

Annual reports (in German only):