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Research at the Federal Office of Civil Protection and Disaster Assistance offers 

  • scientifically-sound problem solutions for civil protection, as well as
  • new concepts, procedures and technology,

and hence makes a major contribution towards upgrading civil protection mechanisms.

The projects must be important and necessary for the daily work of civil protection in order to receive promotion. The research topics largely come from 

  • natural sciences,
  • medicine, and
  • the psycho-social field.

They emerge from the Office’s daily civil protection work and are input by the Federal Ministry of the Interior. The proposals for specific projects come from the above authorities, as well as from 

  • the fire services,
  • relief organisations,
  • industry,
  • rescue services,
  • Universities

and from other authorities and institutions. They however also emerge from fundamental papers listed in greater detail under research projects.

Research benefiting civil protection is entrenched in section 4 subsection 1 No. 5 of the Civil Defence Act as a task for the Federation: 
“The following shall be in particular incumbent on the Federal Office of Civil Protection and Disaster Assistance...
5...the tasks for technical and scientific research in agreement with the Länder, the evaluation of research results, as well as collection and evaluation of publications in the field of civil defence.”

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