Nanotechnology in Germany

Germany has a strong position in modern key technologies. We have already achieved a lot but there is still much to do. In nanotechnology there are huge chances for training, employment and economic success through innovations in Germany. Only active, foresighted promotion measures and a joint commitment of research, industry, politics and society will ensure future growth and competitiveness.

In the area of nanotechnology Germany won the first place in Europe in 2010. Excellent, well networked research is not the only reason for this. Also, the companies working in this future-oriented sector have significantly improved their number and reputation in the last few years. Around half of companies in Europe come from Germany, with the USA and Europe each boasting about the same number of nanotechnological enterprises.

The consistent funding policy of the federal government made a significant contribution to this positive development.The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) recognised the significance of nanotechnology for Germany early on and has been promoting projects in this area since the beginning of the 1990s. In the year 2010, the federal government spent circa 400 million Euros on research and development of nanotechnology, 200 million of which were contributed by the BMBF. The supplementary support of research institutions (institutional funding) from the federal budget as well as from those of federal states amounted to 169 million Euros, the top number among European countries. In comparison: The European Union spent approximately 470 million euros in public funds to support nanotechnology projects that were proposed in 2007 and 2008. more

In the period from 1998 to 2007 the project subsidies have quadrupled to around €290 million. This number forms a peak value regarding the European standard. In comparison: The EU spent around €740 million in subsidies for nano technology in 2007, almost as much as in the USA.

Survey of the branch

Deutschlandkarte mit eingezeichneten Standorten, an denen im Bereich der Nanotechnologie gearbeitet wird

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