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Research and Innovation for Germany
Results and Outlook

Published by Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung / Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) Section 111 – Innovation Policy Framework 11055 Berlin Orders: Order in writing from the publisher: Postfach 30 02 35 53182 Bonn Or order via the following: Tel.: 01805-262 302 Fax: 01805-262 303 (EUR 0.14 / min. from the German fixed line network) E-mail: Internet: Editing: BMBF / Section 111 Production: W. Bertelsmann Verlag, Bielefeld Design: Hauke Sturm Design, Berlin Printed by: WERTDRUCK GmbH & Co. KG, Hamburg Photo credits Agentur für Erneuerbare Energien (p. 52), Becker KG, Brakel (p. 40), BMBF (p. 30), participating projects (pp. 22, 28, 29, 36, 39, 47, 53, 54, 66, 67, 83), Corbis (p. 3), Getty Images (cover, p. 13, 14, 25, 27, 43, 69, 85, 91, 95), Paul Glaser (p. 49), iStock ( p. 23, 24, 64), Picture Alliance (p. 88), Plainpicture (p. 4, 11, 17, 19, 31, 33, 62, 65, 71, 73, 87, 97, 99, 103), Jens Schicke (p. 57), University of Paderborn, C.I.K. (p. 46), Ulrich Baumgarten/vario images (p. 79) Bonn, Berlin 2009

Research and Innovation for Germany
Results and Outlook


The Federal Government hereby submits to the German Bundestag a statement of its position with regard to research and innovation policy in Germany and to the 2009 report of the Expert Commission on Research and Innovation. The financial and economic crisis is presenting Germany with enormous challenges. To emerge from this crisis even stronger than before, we will have to make immense joint efforts. In addition to managing the crisis in the short term, we will have to commit ourselves to a path of growth and economic success. Investments in education, science and research are the right way to make such a commitment. The Federal Government’s High-Tech Strategy, presented in August 2006, is Germany’s first overarching national innovation strategy. A first progress report, presented in October 2007, provided a initial positive assessment of accomplishments under the Strategy. In the meantime, a second progress report has been prepared. It summarises the goals and the effects achieved to date, citing outstanding initiatives and examples by way of illustration. The Federal Government thanks the Expert Commission on Research and Innovation for its detailed analysis. Prof. Dr. Annette Schavan, Member of the German Bundestag,

Federal Minister of Education and Research





New growth via research and innovation

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2. The High-Tech Strategy for Germany – results and outlook 2.1 Lead markets have developed – priorities have been set Health Climate protection, resources conservation, energy Security Mobility Key technologies 2.2 2.3 Concentrating and mobilising resources – bringing industry and science together Improving framework conditions

3. Assuring the availability of a highly trained, skilled workforce 4. Science policy 5. Internationalisation and the european Research Area Outlook



1. New growth via research and innovation



emerging strengthened from the crisis
The economic and financial policy challenge now confronting Germany is the largest the country has seen in decades. The German economy’s growth outlook has worsened dramatically in recent months. The crisis in the world’s financial markets has made banks extremely cautious in their loan operations, and capital has become scarce. More over, the crisis has not spared innovative companies, nor has it been without impact on efforts to finance new technologies and ideas. In the medium and long terms, however, the current financial and economic crisis will not stop the global race for knowledge from re-accelerating. International competition for talent, technology superiority and...
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