The High-Tech Strategy – a strong commitment to research and innovation

With its High-Tech Strategy, the Federal Government supports among others developing of forward-thinking solutions for a sustainable economic framework and clean energy sources, as well as maintaining an efficient health care system and intelligent mobility. The aim is to transform knowledge into innovations as quickly and effectively as possible.

Since 2006, the High-Tech Strategy has been pooling research and innovation funding across governmental departments. By bringing together the key players from science, industry and society, it aims to transform knowledge into innovations as quickly and effectively as possible.

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With its High-Tech Strategy, the Federal Government has set new research and innovation priorities (cf. the info box Ten years of the High-Tech Strategy). From 2014 to 2016 (planned), under the umbrella of the High-Tech Strategy, the Federal Government has meanwhile invested approximately 34 billion euros in developing forward-thinking solutions for a sustainable economic framework and clean energy sources, maintaining an efficient health care system, intelligent mobility, secure communication and innovative companies – in other words, in reinforcing Germany’s position as an innovation hub.

This focus on the major challenges facing society marks a departure from past research and innovation policy. Funding key technologies plays a part. The High-Tech Strategy has established specific research policy models and objectives in a total of ten forward-looking projects (cf. the info box The forward-looking projects of the High-Tech Strategy). Each forward-looking project plays a part in finding systemic solutions for a better quality of life, protects our natural environment and gives the economy competitive advantages in key lead markets. Industry, science and politics act in concert in implementing these projects.