The High-Tech Strategy of Germany

The High-Tech Strategy is the national overall concept for research, development and innovation in Germany. The ZVEI has supported and followed this concept of a concerted, cross-departmental innovation policy from the outset.

The High-Tech Strategy is being implemented by the Federal Ministries for Education & Research and Economics & Technology. © Shawn Hempel

The growth of the electrical and electronics industry follows its own rules. This is especially apparent in the areas of automation, energy, transport, security and medical technology. All these sectors develop and produce very different products. New developments can create new lead markets, more growth and new jobs. However, the implementation of an idea into a viable business concept needs a political framework, technical control requirements and high-tech infrastructures. With the High-Tech Strategy 2020, the Federal Government aims to facilitate the implementation of promising innovations in Germany.

Focus on the markets of the future

The Industry-Science Research Alliance, which is the advisory board of the Federal Government, sees the markets of the future in five areas: climate and energy, health and nutrition, mobility, security and communications. All these markets offer new potential for adding value to the economy and creating skilled jobs in Germany. For this reason, the Federal Government is directing the support of important key technologies and the improvement of innovation-related general conditions in these areas.

Mission orientation

The Federal Government has defined “future projects” which direct the focus onto the major challenges in the individual areas. The future projects have concrete objectives of scientific, technological and social developments over a period of ten to fifteen years. Those of greatest interest to the electrical and electronics industry include for example “One million electric vehicles by 2020,” or “Industry 4.0 - Germany as the leading provider for cyber-physical systems by 2020”.

Support instruments and programmes

The High-Tech Strategy is being implemented in open-topic and theme-based programmes mainly by the Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF) and the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi). Important open-topic programmes include “Excellence Clusters” and the “Research Campus” of the BMBF, which promote the networking of industry and science. The “Central Innovation Programme for SMEs (ZIM)” of the BMWi promotes research, development and innovation in small and medium-sized enterprises. Both of the project funding programmes of the BMBF, such as "ICT 2020" with its funding instrument "SME innovative" or the energy research programme led by the BMWi, are geared to the needs of medium-sized enterprises and are theme-based.

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