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Program-orientated funding in the Helmholtz Association

2011, the German government adopted the 6th Energy Research Programme, entitled "Research for an environmentally sound, reliable, and affordable energy supply". The goals defined in the document provide the foundation for the content and shape of the Helmholtz programs.

The strategic orientation of the programs applying for the 3rd funding period of the Helmholtz Association (PoFIII-programs) starting in 2015 ensures that the challenges of the Energiewende in Germany are directly addressed in research and development and managed successfully. The Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) is involved in six programs concerning energy.

The programs

  •  Energy Efficiency, Materials and Resources
  •  Renewable Energies
  •  Storage Systems and Cross-linked Infrastructures
  •  Technology, Innovation and Society

provide immediate solutions for the desired sustainable energy system in Germany and beyond.

The program

  • Nuclear Waste Management and Safety as well as Radiation Research


makes sure that the necessary expertise for nuclear issues is maintained in our country. It provides important contributions to the safe disposal of radioactive waste. In the program

  • Nuclear Fusion

a real option for the future is explored scientifically and the necessary technologies are developed.