Globalisation opens up a variety of opportunities for Germany’s future development. Industry and society alike benefit from international trade flows and virtually unlimited freedom to travel, fast communication systems and well-developed infrastructure. However, as energy, supply and transport networks become more complex, new challenges are arising. We are also faced with threats such as natural disasters, global-scale terrorism and organised crime.
The Federal Ministry of Education and Research supports the civil security research community by organising and staging events for networking and knowledge-sharing. They provide a forum for stakeholders from the research sphere, industry, authorities, organisations with a security role and other relevant ministries at the national and federal-state levels. One of the many merits of this set-up is that strategic partnerships can be formed early on and new ideas can be generated on how to ensure successful innovation transfer.
Information to the research projects can be found on this website. The projects are divided into the sections "Protection and rescue of people", "protection of critical infrastructure", "protection against crime and terrorism", "society and the economy" and "cross-cutting issues and activities".
The Federal Ministry of Education and Research has published numerous calls for proposals under the “Research for civil security” programme. Information on current and past calls and important guidance concerning funding can be found here.
The civil security challenges of the future are not tied to national borders. In fact, they are often global in scale. To provide long-term protection for the public, the key goals of the “Research for civil security” framework programme include expansion of international research cooperation, involvement in the development of Europe’s security architecture and initiation and continuation of international research alliances.
One of the ways in which the BMBF supports the networking activities of civil security research actors in Germany is the interactive research map “SecurityResearchMap”.
The Federal Ministry of Education and Research has published numerous publications and newsletters under the “Research for civil security” programme. Related documents can be found here.