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A comprehensive package of complementary policy and funding programs and support activities has been put in place in order to establish Germany as a lead market and provider of cyber-physical systems and smart services by 2020.

The High-Tech Strategy

Logo Hightech-Strategy | © Federal Ministry of Education and Research Source: Logo Hightech-Strategy | © Federal Ministry of Education and Research Germany’s Federal Government has been supporting Internet of Things and Services activities as part of its High-Tech Strategy since 2006. The High-Tech Strategy is a landmark policy program to bring key technology and innovation stakeholders together in a common purpose of developing new technologies.

Most programs within the framework of the High-Tech-Strategy promote partnership between different project partners – particularly enterprises and research institutes - in order to bring together institutional research and entrepreneurial expertise.

The initiative combines the resources of all government ministries, setting billions of euros aside annually for the development of cutting-edge technologies. Research and development projects can accordingly count on generous financial support in the form of grants.

This has led to the creation of new instruments including the Leading-Edge Cluster Competition and nationwide innovation alliances.

High-Tech Strategy 2020

The objectives set out in the High-Tech Strategy were continued and extended within the framework of the "High-Tech Strategy 2020" launched in July 2010. Building on the initial successes of the High-Tech Strategy, this successor initiative intends to create lead markets, further intensify partnership between science and industry, and continue to improve the general conditions for innovation.

The High-Tech Strategy 2020 exists to establish Germany as a lead provider of science and technology-based solutions in the fields of:

  • Climate/Energy
  • Health/Nutrition
  • Mobility
  • Security
  • Communication 

 

High-Tech Strategy 2020 Action Plan

The German government passed the High-Tech Strategy Action Plan in March 2012 for the further implementation of the High-Tech Strategy.

The Action Plan identifies 10 "Future Projects" which are considered as being critical to addressing and realizing current innovation policy objective as the focus of research and innovation activity. Within these lighthouse projects, specific innovation objectives will be pursued over a 10 to 15 year time frame. A budget of EUR 8.4 billion has been allocated for the period 2012-2015 to implement the various measures of the Action Plan.

Future Projects

Forward-looking projects are the focus of research and innovation policy. Specific objectives are pursued within these projects over a period of 10 to 15 years.

Within the High-Tech Strategy, the following forward-looking projects have been identified.

  1. CO2-neutral, energy-efficient and climate-adapted city ("future city")

  2. Renewable energy resources as an alternative to oil

  3. Intelligent restructuring of energy production

  4. Combating illness with individualized medicine

  5. Improving health through targeted preventive measures and nutrition

  6. Independent living for senior citizens

  7. Sustainable mobility

  8. Internet-based services for the economy (i.e. SMART SERVICE WORLD)

  9. INDUSTRIE 4.0

  10. Secure Identities

The measures to address these objectives have been coordinated among the concerned federal government ministries and departments. Stakeholders from research and industry had been involved in the planning and design of the projects and specific measures. Intensive cooperation and consultation with stakeholders is a critical factor in the success of the High-Tech Strategy. 

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