Miscellaneous  |  05/16/2019

Dietmar Harhoff hands over the Chair of the Commission of Experts for Research and Innovation to Uwe Cantner

After twelve years of scientific policy advice to the German Federal Government, the balance is positive, as the researchers state. The Commission has achieved important objectives - many of its recommendations have become reality.

Positive balance after 12 years of scientific policy advice. Photo: Myriam Rion.

The Commission of Experts for Research and Innovation (Expertenkommission Forschung und Innovation - EFI) provides scientific advice to the German Federal Government and periodically delivers reports on research, innovation and technological productivity in Germany. A key task is to provide a comprehensive analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of the German innovation system in an international comparison. Furthermore, Germany’s perspectives as a location for research and innovation are evaluated on the basis of the latest research findings. EFI presents proposals for national research and innovation policy.

To name a few of the EFI recommendations which have impacted German politics since the first report in 2008:

  • the increase in research and development (R&D) expenditure to 3.5 percent of the gross domestic product (3.5 percent target),
  • the improvement of the framework conditions for venture capital and start-ups,
  • the expansion of Germany's e-Government,
  • a stronger orientation of the German Federal Government towards digitalization and its implications,
  • the introduction of tax incentives for R&D activities, as well as
  • the establishment of a German agency for disruptive innovation.