The CD Laboratory focuses on research work in the area of application-oriented basic research. The research work takes place under the responsibility of the Head of Laboratory through the collaboration of science and business. Scientific and financial aspects are therefore to be considered in the normal operation of the CD Laboratory.
The progress of the research work and its scientific quality are tracked by means of annual reports and audited within the scope of the two and five-year evaluations. An evaluation report is prepared by the laboratory management team as the basis for each evaluation. In addition, the research group presents the results achieved by the CD Laboratory and outlines the next steps in the setting of an evaluation event. On the basis of the evaluation event and the evaluation report, an external expert finally drafts a written report which is presented to the CDG Scientific Board for further treatment and for formulation of a recommendation to the CDG Executive Board. A positive evaluation result is a precondition for an extension of the duration of the CD Laboratory by a further contract phase.
The financial processing of the CD Laboratory is based on an annual cycle: the budget meetings with the commercial partners result in a binding budget plan for the next calendar year which is approved by the CDG Executive Board. The request for funding is made on the basis of a financial report that is concluded with the annual statement. There are clear regulations on the fundability of costs.