On behalf of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi) the Project Management Agency Karlsruhe is supervising and funding research and development projects. Basis for the funding are the BMBF-Framework Program "Forschung für die Nachhaltigkeit (FONA)", the BMBF-Research Concepts "Disposal of Hazardous Waste in Deep Geological Formations" and "Decommissioning and Dismantling of Nuclear Facilities".
PTKA-WTE operates as German National Contact Point within the 7th EU Research Framework Program in the thematic area "6.1. Environmental (incl. climate change) – water management, water, soil, wastemanagement, water technologies", and within the
Specific Program EURATOM for Nuclear Research and Training Activities in the thematic area "Management of radioactive waste".