NSTI Nanotech 2009

Funding of Nanotechnology in Germany

G. Bachmann
VDI Technologiezentrum GmbH, DE

Keywords: nano initiative - action plan, funding system


Because Germany is strongly dependent on industrial success in future markets, the government created in 2006 the Hightech-Strategy, addressing goals in societal important areas like medicine, climate, energy, environment, mobility and communication. Germany should be enabled to compete on the future world markets via a coordinated innovation policy. This implies also a learning society and responsible acting. Nanotechnology is seen as an important field for strengthening of existing strengths. To comprehensively use these potentials for Germany and to set up continuous value-added chains the eight Federal Ministries for Labour and Social Affairs (BMAS), Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU), Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection (BMELV), Defense (BMVg), Health (BMG), Commerce and Technology (BMWi) and Transportation, Building and Urban Affairs (BMVBS) together with the BMBF have concentraded their activities in the frame of the Nano-Initiative - Action Plan 2010 on 5 activitiy areas: 1. Opening up future markets - introducing new sectors 2. Improving general conditions 3. Behaving in a responsible manner 4. Informing the public 5. Identifiying the future demand for research
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