Thursday, October 31, 9:00-10:30

High-Tech Strategy 2025: Addressing Grand Challenges and Renewing the Innovation System in Germany

Dr. Herbert ZEISEL Deputy Director-General, Digital Transformation Research of Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), Federal Republic of Germany

In September 2018, the German Federal Government has adopted its new High-Tech Strategy 2025 (HTS 2025). Since 2006, the High-Tech-Strategy defines the strategic framework of the Federal Government’s research and innovation policy. It has three fields of action, namely tackling societal challenges of our time, developing Germany’s future competencies and establishing an open innovation and venture culture. With its High-Tech Strategy 2025, the Federal Government has set six thematic priorities concentrating on health and care, sustainability, climate protection and energy, mobility, urban and rural areas, safety and security and economy and work 4.0.

Twelve missions span an umbrella over various current initiatives of the Federal Government. With the missions as a new instrument of innovation policy, interdepartmental cooperation in research and innovation policy is to be strengthened and research results implementation to be accelerated. The missions are long-term; the first milestones and intermediate goals are to be reached in this legislative period. Important changes of the funding system will accompany the implementation of the strategy: In 2018, the Federal Government decided to found an agency for disruptive innovations. This agency is intended to implement an innovation policy approach for the promotion of disruptive innovations that is unique in Germany to date. In addition, an R&D tax credit scheme will be introduced as an additional instrument for direct project funding, in order to set a further incentive to achieve the national target to invest 3.5 % of the GDP in R&D.

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