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German R&I Policy

Digitalisation, energy transition, an aging society - We can meet the challenges of our times only through excellent research. The specific federal research and innovation policy aims at a faster implementation of innovation in our daily lives.

The Federal Government's research and innovation policy

Digitalisation, energy transition, an aging society - We can meet the challenges of our times only through excellent research. The specific federal research and innovation policy aims at a faster implementation of innovation in our daily lives.

Much of the funding of research, development and innovation in Germany is provided by the Federal Government, which coordinates its research and innovation policy with the Länder. Its primary objective is to spur research and development in companies and research institutes by providing targeted support. The Federal Government’s research and innovation policy is implemented according to the core elements of the High-Tech Strategy. Since 2006, the Federal Government has been using this format to consolidate its research and innovation activities across departmental boundaries: instead of focusing on individual technologies or research topics, the High-Tech Strategy covers the entire value chain from basic research through to applications.

The new High-Tech Strategy – Innovations for Germany takes a systematic view of the entire innovation chain, from the creative idea through to its implementation in the shape of new products and services, thereby combining all the aspects and stakeholders involved in the innovation process. The main goal is to translate bright ideas more rapidly into applications and develop forward-thinking solutions for the challenges facing society. Therefore, the High-Tech Strategy is based on five pillars: the priority tasks for value creation and quality of life boost Germany’s competitiveness and enhance prosperity. Networking and transfer improve cooperation and promote implementation. Innovation dynamism in industry boosts innovative strength and increases value creation. Favourable conditions for innovation lay the foundation for creativity and innovative strength. Transparency and participation arouse curiosity with a more future-oriented approach.