Fact Sheets

Supportive processes

The fact sheets have been developed to serve as practical guides with detailed information on individual topics relating to the areas for action, and refer to further literature and standards.

Here you will find all fact sheets addressing the areas for action relating to supportive processes. Their contents are summarised as short abstracts here. Each fact sheet is available for download as a PDF file, currently only in German.


International cooperation and networking are a constitutive part of scientific work and are therefore already firmly anchored in the science system in many forms. In recent decades, they have been further strengthened and intensified, particularly in the European Research Area (for example, through the EU Research Framework Programmes, Horizon 2020, etc.) and through targeted internationalisation strategies of research institutions. Scientific personnel exchange, as German personnel staying abroad and excellent scientists attracted from abroad for guest stays in research organisations, for example, is an important goal that promotes international networking. Human resources management has the task of supporting and accompanying the international activities with expertise in taxation as well as the legalities of labour, insurance, and residence. Concrete measures for operationalising these measures are described in the respective fact sheets (e.g. diversity, or human resources development).

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Master plan

A master plan is an informal planning instrument in the sense of a framework or master plan. It is a central tool for communicating objectives and guiding internal functions (managers, employees, new members, etc.) and external actors (municipal decision-makers, cooperation partners, funding bodies, etc.). It deals with strategies and proposals for action for the design or upgrading of a location or property. It interacts closely with the organisation's structure and development plan, which outlines the needs for the development, design, and spatial arrangement of the property. This is a dynamic process – a master plan should therefore be designed to be updatable. With the aim of structured and sustainable property development, the master plan describes guidelines for the long-term, integral spatial development of a site, taking into account comprehensive urban development and landscaping plans. The master plan helps to clarify and describe the spatial relationships and functional arrangement of the research infrastructures.

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Sustainable procurement

Sustainability aspects can be considered not only in planning and construction, but also in management. "Sustainable procurement" in the utilisation phase describes the coverage of the need for material resources and services required for the proper fulfilment of an organisation's tasks, taking into account economic, ecological and social aspects. In tendering, the main basis is economic standards, where the price and performance of different offers are compared with each other, and the most economical offer is selected. In sustainable procurement, in addition to other criteria such as functionality, quality, and aesthetics, any consequential burdens that may arise for the procurer itself (e.g. operating and consumable costs) or for the general public (e.g. costs to repair environmental damage) are relevant for the evaluation of products and services.

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