The Rhineland-Palatinate Innovation Strategy brings together the strategic approaches taken by the State in pursuit of its innovation policy, to form one holistic approach. This strategy is linked at a national level with the German Federal Government's high-tech strategy, and on a European level it is embedded in the EU 2020 Strategy. The Rhineland-Palatinate Innovation Strategy has been developed over the course of an intensive working process, with participation from multiple representatives from the branches of academic research, business, administration and government, building on the State's previous strategic innovation-policy approaches.
More specifically this includes support from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) for the period 2014-2020, which stipulated a regional innovation strategy as an ex-ante conditionality of ERDF support for research, technology and innovation. The Rhineland-Palatinate Innovation Strategy focuses on the available potential and existing strengths within the State. The support for these will reflect opportunities offered by global mega trends and by the latest lead market and technological developments, while addressing social and economic challenges such as climate protection and resource efficiency. Taking a "smart specialisation" approach, this innovation strategy is primarily aimed at those high-potential areas with the greatest regional competitive advantages and most unique characteristics. Under this innovation policy, support work and support tools will be directed primarily to these high-potential areas . This will be based on a joint vision for developing an innovative Region.
The general measures and approaches summarized in the fields of action, aim at expanding potential in the State and removing existing bottlenecks within the innovation processes. At the same time, in order to maximize the effects for the Rhineland-Palatinate, the intelligent utilization of the potential offered by synergies between the fields of action will be required. This process' focus currently lies on the six high-potential areas, with their challenges and opportunities, set out in Figure 1, and on starting dialogue with new or developing areas.
Autor: Olaft Arndt, Dr. Jan-Phillip Kramer
Kunde: Ministerium für Wirtschaft, Klimaschutz, Energie und Landesplanung Rheinland-Pfalz