Objectives and priorities of the internationalisation of research and innovation

More mobility among students and researchers, stronger cooperation with developing and emerging economies, better perspectives through education - these are some of the objectives of the Federal Government's Strategy for the Internationalisation of Science and Research.

Global challenges, like climate change, can only be overcome by committing to partnerships. At the same time, international collaboration in the fields of education, research and innovation enhances Germany’s attractiveness as a location. There is often only a thin line between cooperation and competition. Therefore, having defined strategic priorities and developed instruments to maintain Germany’s international competitiveness, the Federal Government is thus also accepting global responsibility for the sustainable development of the economy.

Reinforcing Germany’s role in the global knowledge society – with this goal in mind, the Federal Government rolled out its Strategy for the Internationalisation of Science and Research. This established a reference framework to optimise the increasing cross-border networking of research and innovation in line with Germany’s interests. The strategy defined four target areas: research excellence, innovation, collaboration with developing countries and global challenges.

In 2014, the BMBF introduced an important milestone in the process: the International Cooperation action plan determined Germany’s position in the global competition and assessed what further action had been necessitated by the changing global environment. The stiffer competition from fast-growing emerging economies, the far-reaching developments inherent in digitalisation, the dynamism of new economic, ecological and social challenges – all these questions call for contemporary solutions.

The Federal Government has a vast array of instruments at its disposal to help achieve the defined objectives, ranging from targeted observation and analysis, bringing researchers together in cross-border teams right through to establishing specific projects, partnerships and joint research infrastructures.