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.

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Cluster Initiatives Follow-up

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

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Smart specialisation

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On behalf of the European Commission, Prognos and partners analysed all the smart specialisation strategies across the EU. The aim was to determine whether the priorities are set wisely.

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How effective are EU support programs for innovation in SMEs?

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The EU offers a wide range of innovation support for SMEs. Together with partners, Prognos investigated the extent to which the EU funding programs achieve their goals.

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Evaluation of the cluster initiatives

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For the EU Commission, we evaluate the EU cluster programmes together with CSES and IDEA Consulting Group.

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Study on smart specialisation in Germany

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Prognos determined the current implementation status of the Regional Innovation Strategies for Smart Specialisation (RIS3) in Germany for the EU Commission.

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Germany's Innovation Leaders 2020

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For the F.A.Z.-Institut and the IMWF, we studied 150,000 innovative companies worldwide. We identified 2,700 companies as innovation leaders.

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Evaluation of the BMBF Framework Programmes FONA

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Together with Fraunhofer ISI, Prognos has evaluated the framework programs for the promotion of research into sustainable development (FONA).

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Benefits & effects of COST for Germany

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COST promotes networking activities. An important effect of COST: the cooperation and harmonisation of European research.

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Gradual increase of the R&D R&D ratio up to 3.5% of GDP

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On behalf of the BMBF, Prognos calculated, among other things, the macroeconomic effects of higher spending on research and development.

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Michael Astor

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Dr Thomas Stehnken

Senior Project Manager

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Dr Jan-Philipp Kramer

Principal, 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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