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17 May 2016

Germany publishes Federal Report on Research and Innovation

The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research published the 2016 edition of the Federal Report on Research and Innovation on 11 May 2016. The Federal Report "Bundesbericht Forschung und Innovation" (BuFI) is the standard publication on research and innovation policy in Germany. It provides and overview of the different elements of the German research and innovation system, including data and facts. The Report is presented to the Bundestag, the German national parliament, every two years. It also takes into account the findings of the independent Expert Commission on Research and Innovation (EFI) that provides scientific advice to the Federal Government on research, innovation and technology policy.

According to the Report, more than 600,000 people are employed in research and development (R&D) in Germany, which corresponds to an increase of one third between 2005 and 2014. Expenditure on R&D has also increased continually, reaching a record high of € 84 billion in 2014, two thirds of which are accounted for by the business sector.

30 percent of all R&D expenditure within the EU are accounted for by Germany, and five out of the ten most innovative enterprises in Europe come from Germany. The country also has a high excellence rating in scientific publications, with one out of six scientific publications from Germany being among the most-cited publications internationally. With regard to the export of research-intensive goods, Germany is in second place after China, and ahead of the US.

In order to keep up with global competition, Germany is looking in particular at digitisation, which offers new applications in fields such as artificial intelligence and man-machine interaction, but also at increasing the innovation potential of SMEs.

The Report is available in German.

For more information:

BMBF - press release (in German)

Federal Report on Research and Innovation 2016 (in German)

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