Scientific excellence, collaboration in innovation-oriented, cross-border clusters and strengthening the knowledge-based economy and lively start-up scene: such are the goals and emphases of Berlin’s research and innovation policy.

Apart from diverse technology-based research activities, Berlin boasts an extraordinary breadth of social sciences and humanities research, which helps in tackling economic and social problems, including at international level, and keeps the capital region supplied with a steady stream of new ideas.

Thus, Berlin‘s research and innovation policy specifically addresses future priorities, in which technological potential must be reconciled with the needs of society. Digitalisation research and development, Smart City, Industry 4.0 and electromobility are turning the city into an experimental ground and urban application laboratory.

The Land’s innovation policy is augmented by a number of funding instruments that underpin the innovative capacity and activity of Berlin-based companies in different ways.

The Programme to promote research, innovation and technologies (Pro FIT) plays a lynchpin role in this respect. The programme aims to boost the intensity of research, development and innovation in Berlin’s economy by promoting sophisticated, innovative projects. The support focuses primarily on the clusters that were defined in the Joint innovation strategy of the States Berlin and Brandenburg (innoBB) of 2011. Although the five clusters of ICT, media and the creative industries, life sciences and healthcare, energy technology, phototonics and mobility are at the heart of innoBB, cross-cluster topics like Smart City or Industry 4.0 are also being actively promoted.

Cross-cutting themes such as clean technologies, security, materials and production, and automation engineering also facilitate the cluster development process.