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Research at BfS

The tasks assigned to BfS are mainly stipulated in laws and ordinances. BfS applies the state-of-the-art of science and technology to fulfil these tasks. The Act relating to the establishment of BfS specifies that BfS does research in order to fulfil its mission.

This research is uniquely aimed at fulfilling the stipulated tasks and it can therefore be said that its role is to "serve" the overall objective. Research done at BfS is thus different from research done at universities, which is aimed at providing new insights.

With respect to financing, BfS research activities can be separated into the categories "research funded by BMU" and "research funded by third parties". In these cases BfS invites to tender, provides expert assistance to the researchers, and assesses and publishes the project results. Research activities may only be carried out by BfS itself if justified by specific circumstances, which is an exception to the rule.

Scientific work at the Federal Office for Radiation Protection : general framework, activities , challenges

Our understanding of scientific work

The Federal Office for Radiation Protection (BfS) performs tasks relating to radiation protection and precautionary radiation protection. In these fields the BfS professionally and scientifically supports the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU).

Selected research projects

Here you will find selected research projects.


BfS research programme

The Radiation Protection Research Programme describes the medium term research and development planning in the field of radiation protection for 2013 to 2017.

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