Research & Innovation Policy

Establishing the optimal conditions.

Innovation – the engine of economic growth and societal affluence. Successful innovations determine the performance and competitiveness of economies and industries. Research and innovation policy, therefore, aims to optimize the framework conditions for innovation processes.

Innovation in Germany: Strengths and weaknesses

Compared to other countries Germany as a location for research and innovation has a diverse profile with a number of strengths and weaknesses. Strengths in basic and application-oriented research, the strong involvement of large and small companies in research and development and extensive activities in state funding create a stable framework. At the same time, however, impulses from start-ups and the willingness to overcome path dependencies are missing in many areas.

Research and innovation policy acts on different political levels: the EU-level, the federal and state levels as well as the institutional level. All levels focus on research efficiency, making sure innovation processes are open to disruptive elements and improving networks between actors.

Exchange and networks – key elements of research and development

Research and development are based on effective and open networks among knowledge producers in science, business and society. Integrating these players in international networks is just as important as the regional networking of universities and non-university research institutions with industry, which generates added value from innovative ideas.

Research & Innovation Policy: A selection of our services

Strategic Foresight

With Strategic Foresight projects and technology analyses, we provide orientation for decision-makers.

Ex-Post and Ex-Ante-Evaluations

We support the strategic development of research and innovation policy instruments through ex-post and ex-ante evaluations.


We evaluate the effectiveness and targeting of different funding schemes.

Knowledge and Technology Transfer

We advise policymakers and research facilities on knowledge and technology transfer.  

Strategic Repositioning

We create the conditions for strategic repositioning of research and innovation policy.

Our work on this topic

Take a look at our latest projects and activities.

Webinar: Monitoring the Transition to Circular Economy

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Jannis Lambert and Tim Bichlmeier talk about monitoring concepts for the Circular Economy and present a self-assessment tool.

International Conference: Smart Specialisation

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Dr Jan-Philipp Kramer takes part in a panel discussion on Intelligent Specialisation Strategies.

European Cluster Conference 2022

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Dr Jan-Philipp Kramer and Lennart Galdiga inform in Prague about the competence centre "NRW.innovativ" and represent the European Cluster Collaboration Platform.

Triple Helix Conference

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Dr. Jan-Philipp Kramer presents the study "Prioritisation in Smart Specialisation Strategies in the EU" at the 20th Triple Helix Conference.

Germany’s innovation leaders 2022

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We analysed the patent applications of 180,000 innovative companies worldwide and identified the innovation leaders in 500 technology fields – for the F.A.Z.-Institute and the IMWF Institute.

Evaluation of the EU Horizon 2020 and Horizon Europe programmes

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Through the Horizon 2020 and Horizon Europe programmes, the EU Commission promotes research and innovation in Europe. Prognos evaluates parts of the funding programs.

Accompanying the Circular Cities and Regions Initiative

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The CCRI focuses on the implementation of a circular economy in European cities and regions. Prognos is supporting the initiative as a project partner in the associated Coordination and Support Office.

Saarland StrategyPlus 2021-2023

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On behalf of the Saarland State Chancellery, we have assisted with the update of the Saarland innovation strategy and have prepared the strategy paper, “StrategyPlus 2021–2023".

European Regional Development Fund: Evaluation of RTD-Investments

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Evaluation of investments in Research & Technological Development infrastructures and activities supported by the ERDF from 2007 to 2013.

Cluster Initiatives Follow-up

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For the European Commission, we evaluated the impact of the EU cluster initiatives

Do you have questions?

Your contact at Prognos

Michael Astor

Director, Partner

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Dr Thomas Stehnken

Senior Project Manager

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Dr Jan-Philipp Kramer

Vice-Director, Head of EU-Services

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About us

Prognos – Providing Orientation.

Prognos is one of the oldest economic research centres in Europe. Founded at the University of Basel, Prognos experts have been conducting research for a wide range of clients from the public and private sectors since 1959 – politically independent, scientifically sound.

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