BMFTBundesministerium für Forschung und Technologie (German ministry of research)
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Although most of the scientists initially approached by DFG and BMFT were enthusiastic about the possibility of working with the world's best drilling researchers, others were concerned about the limited number of German marine geoscientists, fearing that this resource would quickly become exhausted if each DSDP leg required a German scientist to go to sea and then concentrate for a year or two on the resulting data and samples.
Germany's IPOD science plan, finalized on February 13, 1973, called for DFG and BMFT to share ODP membership costs, and for DFG to be responsible for scientific activities related to IPOD.
Meanwhile, he has plowed more marks into basic research, dedicating 19% of his BMFT budget to this area, compared to 12% or 13% for the U.