Germany is rich in knowledge but poor in material resources. To ensure competitiveness, the path to a knowledge-based economy must therefore be consistently pursued.
The conditions are favourable. With companies, universities and non-university research and development institutions, Germany has a broad knowledge base. With 12% of world trade in research-intensive goods, German companies are among the global leaders.
These successes are based on a smooth transfer of know-how, technology and people between science and industry. This transfer is the core task of research and innovation policy. The challenges are complex and diverse: How must the funding of higher education research be organised in the future? What is the distribution of roles between university and non-university research? Which modern cooperation models between science and industry are emerging? Which obstacles to innovation hinder small and medium-sized enterprises? Which new financing options make sense in research and development funding? What new priorities should the promotion of innovation and SMEs set in the future?
Prognos has been advising on these questions for many years. On the basis of our own empirical research, we accompany the entire value chain of research and innovation policy: from basic studies, future projections and strategy concepts to the evaluation and further development of political instruments and practical implementation support for transfer and exploitation activities.