Free State of Saxony

The primary research and innovation policy objective of the government of Saxony is a flourishing science and research landscape. Saxony is committed to in-creasing research efficiency by means of networking, greater flexibility and autonomy. Thus, Saxony‘s research policy places enormous emphasis on enhancing the performance of the existing research institutes.

The continued networking between universities and research institutes, as well as with industry, is crucial in achieving this goal. This is the only way they can retain their foothold in the global competition and succeed in attracting EU grants, the importance of which is increasing steadily.

The government is making every effort to shape its innovation and technology policy in such a way as to improve the competitiveness of Saxony‘s companies, particularly small and medium-sized enterprises. The central goal of technology funding is to facilitate R&D projects that would otherwise not be possible. It aims to give companies financial flexibility, granting them the necessary leeway to entrust young scientists and highly qualified personnel with additional R&D and innovation tasks.

The existing barriers to acquiring technology transfer expertise are to be removed. Companies and research institutes must be in a position to participate on an even greater scale in national programmes and networks, as well as in European technology partnerships.

In order to prepare the ground for commercialisation, the market launch of innovative products is encouraged. Other goals include supporting start-ups, particularly science start-ups, and strengthening technology-oriented networks and clusters.

The government regards key technologies as key catalysts for innovations.

Pilot lines have been set up to focus the diverse interrelationships between research and development on the one hand and industrial production on the other.