Money creates science

Never before has Germany invested so much money in its innovative strength: The current Federal Report on Research and Innovation, or BUFI for short, records almost 84 billion euros for research and development for the most recent year 2014. The paper, which the Federal Ministry of Research is responsible for producing every two years advised on Wednesday by the cabinet in Berlin and then presented by Minister Johanna Wanka. Two thirds of the money invested comes from the economy.

In addition to the growing amount of research funding, the mathematics professor particularly emphasized how well the research country Germany had positioned itself in an international comparison. For example, twice as many patents per inhabitant would be registered in the Federal Republic of Germany as in the USA. In addition, every sixth publication by German scientists is among the ten percent of the most frequently cited publications worldwide. The Federal Republic continues to occupy a leading position in the export of high-tech goods, even if the first place had to be surrendered to China.

"The competitive pressure is increasing"

However, the minister also indicated some weaknesses in Germany as a research location. For example, according to Wanka, most of the money flows from only a few industries, which are therefore of disproportionately great importance in research - vehicle construction, electrical engineering, chemistry and mechanical engineering are particularly affected. Unexpected developments in these industries would therefore have a particularly strong impact on research as a whole.

And all of this in an international environment that leaves little room for error. "The competitive pressure is increasing", says the Federal Minister. Basically, she rates the almost 800-page report, which weighs more than 2700 grams, as positive. And although the consultation in the cabinet was not public, Johanna Wanka is probably not alone with this view. "We are happy," says the minister.