The government‘s research and innovation policy emphasises the coherent development of Thuringia as a centre of research, science and technology. On the one hand, the necessary strategic objectives and priorities are determined by Thuringia‘s research strategy, which was conceived in close collaboration with the universities and research institutes in 2007. Updated on an ongoing basis ever since, the strategy outlines the primary fields of action and research priorities in Thuringia.
On the other hand, the Higher Education Strategy Thuringia 2020, which came into force in 2014, defines the orientation of its universities in national and international competition.
Also launched in 2014 was the Regional Research and Innovation Strategy for Smart Specialisation for Thuringia (RIS3 Thuringia), which sets the course for Thuringia‘s research and innovation policy until 2020. It focuses on five central fields of action, in which Thuringia currently boasts advantages of specialisation or has the potential to develop them.
The objective in the area of ‚Innovation‘ is to reinforce the Mittelstand in the innovation system, while ‘Investment’ addresses the promotion of corporate culture and start-ups. The field of action ‘Infrastructure for innovation processes’ aims to increase the potential of the research and science sectors in Thuringia, develop existing transfer structures and provide needs-based services via clusters and networks, particularly for SMEs.
The goals of the ‘Internationalisation’ field of action are to enhance international cooperation in education and research, and to help Thuringian companies make greater use of the opportunities on international markets, in other words, to be proactive in developing international value chains.
Finally, ‘Integration of all talents’ is aimed at strengthening the education system as a whole, securing the skilled labour base both now and in the future and at ensuring equal opportunities for men and women.