In 2006, the Federal Government introduced the “High-Tech Strategy” (HTS), a comprehensive research and innovation strategy for Germany, and, with the new edition in 2014, set itself the goal of establishing Germany as a global leader in innovation by speeding up the practical application of good ideas. In addition to business and science, society has also been taken into consideration with regard to continuing development. Specifically, the “New High-Tech Strategy” aims to help solve the major societal challenges. In order to build on this, the Federal Government has launched programmes to promote innovation in specific areas of application such as health and materials research. It also supports networking, the transfer of knowledge and technology, and the formation of clusters and start-ups.
We manage numerous of these programmes in our business area “Innovation and Knowledge Transfer” on behalf of the Federal Ministries of Education and Research (BMBF) and for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) as well as on behalf of the states of Western Pomerania, and North Rhine-Westphalia.