What makes research an investigation

Research and development tasks
Why we research

Research tasks in various scientific disciplines

The majority of government research funding ends up in the natural and engineering sciences. The humanities and social sciences account for 17 percent of total expenditure by non-university research institutions. In its labor market forecast 2030, the Ministry of Labor predicts an increased demand for social and cultural scientists triggered by research and development. Those sciences whose research results are not primarily market-relevant and economically viable must, however, increasingly stand up for their work and particularly commit themselves to funding.

Science researchers fear that if the humanities falls under the wheels, essential competencies for research will be lost, such as the ability to reflect or interdisciplinary thinking. 300 years ago Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz conducted philosophical studies, constructed submarines or developed devices for recording wind speed. He introduced orphan funds, tried to prove the unconscious in humans, and pointed out the importance of body temperature in medicine. An all-round talent whose life's work shows us today that the disciplines all have their justified social tasks of research and development.