Project funding is the primary task of FNR. On behalf of the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL), FNR supports applied research and development in the fields of sustainable production and renewable resource use. Within the framework of the Forest Climate Fund, which is jointly funded by the BMEL and the Federal Ministry of the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMUV), the FNR oversees projects focusing CO2 reduction, energy and substitution potential of forests and wood, as well as the adaption of German forests to climate change.
The different national funding programmes are listed below. More information is available in German at fnr.de.
"Renewable raw materials“ funding programme
The funding programme "Renewable raw materials" funds research, development and demonstration projects as well as national projects of sustainable forestry.
Forest Climate Fund
The Forest Climate Fund is a part of the Special Energy and Climate Fund and was established under the joint leadership of the BMUV and BMEL. FNR has been commissioned by the BMUV and BMEL with the project management of the implementation of the Forest Climate Fund.
Peat reduction and peatland soil protection
Climate-affecting measures to protect peat soils and reduce the use of peat are part of the German government's climate protection package. The BMEL provides funds from the special "Energy and Climate Fund" (EKF) for this purpose.
FNR has been commissioned by the BMEL to promote:
- research and development projects on peat mitigation and peatland soil protection,
- model and demonstration projects on peat substitution in hobby and cemetery horticulture, and peatland soil protection.
Another component of the measures is the development of a certification system for peat substitutes. Moreover, FNR provides technical and consumer information on the subject of peat reduction.
Fermentation of farm manure/farm fertliser
The increased fermentation of farm manure in biogas plants is an important measure by the Federal Government's Climate Protection Programme 2030 for the agricultural sector to reduce emissions from livestock farming To implement these goals, the BMEL is funding the following measures through FNR:
- Research and development projects on the energetic and emission-reducing use of farm manure in biogas plants
- Model and demonstration projects to increase the proportion of farm manure in biogas plants
- Investments in emission-reducing measures for the fermentation of manure.
The programme funds are provided from the special fund "Energy and Climate Fund" (EKF).
Together with the project management organisation VDI/VDE Innovation + Technik GmbH, FNR oversees the funding guideline for the development of regenerative fuels of the Federal Ministry of Digital Affairs and Transport (BMDV). The guideline is primarily aimed at research, demonstration and pilot projects; within its framework, the market ramp-up of advanced biofuels is also supported.