The "CLIENT II - International Partnerships for Sustainable Innovation" funding measure is part of the FONA strategy of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). The funding focuses on application-oriented joint research projects in the areas of resources, energy, climate, the environment and development with the aim of reducing environmental impact, making sustainable use of resources and creating access to clean energy.

All funded projects are supported by the Client2Works accompanying scientific project as well as by targeted coordination, networking and general public relations work. In addition, accompanying project Science-Policy Interface (SPI) ensures that the project results become part of the international environmental dialogue. Local contact points are project offices in Central Asia, Vietnam and China.

All information about the funding measure can be found in the CLIENT II brochure.

CLIENT II brochure
CLIENT II brochure


Thematic and regional priorities for funding

The majority of the funded projects are research and development projects. The projects consist of alliances of universities, companies and non-university research institutions, which are intended to ensure a link between industry, research and other areas of society. In addition to the funding provided, a significant economic participation is planned, as new markets are to be opened up for German environmental technology providers. Cooperation with local partners is particularly important in order to ensure successful exploitation in the respective partner country. Each project in the funding program must therefore always include at least one partner from the respective partner country.

Research for sustainability (FONA)

Since 2005, the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) has been funding research for future-oriented action and innovative solutions for a sustainable society through its Research for sustainability (FONA) program. With Agenda 2030, adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015, the global community has committed to 17 global goals for a better future. Therefore, the new FONA strategy focuses on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and relies on the power of research and innovation.

Accompanying Projects and Regional Support

In addition to the central Client2Works accompanying project for the funding measure, the CLIENT II joint projects are supported by regional project offices in Vietnam, China and Central Asia in cross-border networking and transfer activities in the priority countries and regions. The accompanying project "Science-Policy Interface: Synthesis of project results and linking with processes of global environmental policy and their economic environment " also ensures that the results become part of the international environmental dialogue.

Contributions to the global sustainability agenda

With the 2030 Agenda adopted in 2015, the world community has committed itself to 17 global goals for a better future. The goal is to enable people worldwide to lead dignified lives and to preserve the natural foundations of life. CLIENT II helps manage global challenges and contributes considerably to the German Sustainability Development Strategy and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). With their innovative and sustainable solution approaches, each CLIENT II project impacts several SDGs at once.