Spurring progress, stimulating growth, shaping the future

Innovations and new technologies are changing the world and our daily lives. Yesterday's futuristic visions quickly become today's everyday normality, and then are just as quickly rendered obsolete by even newer developments. Investment in research, innovation and skills are indispensable for maintaining and enhancing the competitiveness of our companies. Dynamic levels of innovation will ensure long-term growth, prosperity and new jobs.

Innovation is driven on the one hand by new technologies, processes and services. On the other hand, social changes and global challenges such as climate change, demographic shifts, and dwindling fossil fuel supplies demand innovative answers and sustainable solutions.

The Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy supports German companies by working continuously to create a pro-innovation policy environment and by promoting market-oriented research, development and innovation projects.

The new High-tech Strategy - Innovations for Germany

For this purpose, the Federal Government has elaborated a new High-tech Strategy in the current legislative term, which comprises all technology and innovation policy measures of the Federal Government. The strategy focuses on technology transfer from research to companies to close the implementation gap. In this context, the Ministry's measures to strengthen the capacity to innovate of small and medium-sized enterprises and to support innovative start-ups play a vital role.