Brandenburg‘s primary research policy objective is to uphold the superior quality of its research sector and enhance its national and international competitiveness. A further governmental priority is to boost the research-based innovative strength of the Land as it is a decisive location factor in attaining Brandenburg’s economic goals.

The cooperation between science and industry is a valuable asset in the development of Brandenburg and the capital region. Together with the targeted support of companies, this is the core element of the State of Brandenburg’s regional innovation strategy (innoBB plus), which complements the Joint innovation strategy of the States Berlin and Brandenburg (innoBB) of 2011, particularly Brandenburg’s special economic structure as a territorial state.

Against this backdrop, Brandenburg’s research and innovation policy focuses on the strategic development of research consortia and cooperation between universities, non-university research facilities and companies in the context of active networking.

Moreover, it places emphasis on the active transfer of research findings, especially in the form of interdisciplinary patent exploitation and start-up support.

Objectives include quality assurance of Brandenburg’s research landscape by national and international standards, raising its profile to strengthen basic research – plus application-oriented and technological research from now on – at institutions of higher education and the greater internationalisation of the research sector.

Other key issues on the agenda are attracting and actively encouraging early career scientists by means of joint career advancement and by opening up post-doc career opportunities, the further development of the exceptionally family-friendly policies of the Land’s universities and research institutes, and the active promotion of female scientists and researchers.