Research and innovation policy is a top priority for the government of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. Its goal is the efficient structuring of the existing research landscape and a stronger focus in order to prevail in national and international competition. The government aims to achieve this goal by the targeted funding of particular research priorities (e.g. plasma physics including its technological application spectrum, biotechnology, information and communications technology, marine, environmental, climate and atmospheric research, sensors, medical research, marine systems technology, materials research and agricultural research).
The government‘s research and innovation policy is summarised in the Regional Innovation Strategy (RIS), which focuses on mechanical engineering, health, nutrition, information and communications technology, energy and mobility.
These research priorities extend beyond the traditional profile, thereby opening up new technological and industrial opportunities. This also includes the systematic strengthening of excellence-based research and the profiling of young academics to ensure their optimal career development.
As a key area of responsibility for interdepartmental political action, the research landscape and research priorities are honed and developed on an ongoing basis.
In addition to implementing the Pact for Research and Innovation, the focus is on intensifying networking between universities, non-university research facilities and industry.
By supporting application- and market-oriented projects, the government seeks to encourage excellence in research and development, raise the profile of research and scientific institutes, enhance their competitiveness in attracting third-party funding and cultivate international academic contacts. Furthermore, it aims to strengthen basic research at its universities in accordance with the development goals that have been agreed with the Land.