Progress report on the High-Tech Strategy

Important steps taken in the right direction

Positive interim assessment of the High-Tech Strategy 2025 (HTS): "We’ve done a lot already to ensure that Germany is properly prepared for the future," said Federal Research Minister Anja Karliczek. The Strategy is helping ensure that Germany retains its position as a global leader in terms of innovation. The Cabinet has now adopted the progress report on the High-Tech Strategy.

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Research and innovation for the people - a German government initiative is pushing research into new effective ingredients for medication

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"The new High-Tech Strategy is a response to current challenges. With its 12 missions it embraces important new elements to step up sustainability and climate action, foster artificial intelligence applications and to take new steps to tackle cancer," writes Anja Karliczek in the foreword to the progress report.

Be braver – dare to try something new

The interim assessment of HTS 2025 demonstrates that research and innovation are increasingly shaping the way we live and work, such that competitiveness, the conservation of the natural resource base on which we depend, and social equity can in fact be compatible.

The HTS 2025 underpins the goal of stepping up investment in research and development from its current level of around 3 per cent of Germany’s gross domestic product (GDP) per annum to 3.5 per cent. But cash alone will not trigger innovation. "In this digital era, we must test new ways of acquiring, disseminating and sharing knowledge, and must involve new partners," stressed the minister.

"Education, research and innovation are crucially important to securing our future. They are the foundation on which economic, social and technological progress builds," continued Anja Karliczek. "That is why it is important to us to get the people in our country involved in the debate about the future of research and innovation."

Innovative solutions to the pivotal issues that will shape our future

"Health and nursing", "sustainability, climate change mitigation and energy", "mobility", "towns and country", "security" and "industry and work 4.0" – the High-Tech Strategy covers a very wide spectrum of issues. The German government is strengthening research to generate innovate solutions to the major challenges facing us. The HTS states, "Our goal is to achieve major qualitative leaps forward in these areas, that are perceptible and tangible for people in their everyday lives."

The knowledge available in Germany is to be used even more effectively through the HTS – ideas are to become innovations that are globally successful and benefit people. To this end, the HTS intends to focus the activities of the ministries involved, the science and research community, the private sector and civil society groups, with a mission-oriented approach.

The Cabinet adopted the High-Tech Strategy 2025 one year ago. The Strategy lays out the overarching objectives, priorities and milestones of the government’s policy on research and innovation for the years to come. The progress report on the HTS 2025 presents achievements to date and the implementation status.