Analyses and Statistics of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research
Data and facts form the basis for rational decision-making. Comparisons with other countries reveal where we stand. The analysis of processes of innovation enables us to learn from individual successes. In the field of analyses and statistics, the BMBF collects and analyzes facts in order to be able to improve education and research in Germany. Since 2008 the independent Expert Commission Research and Innovation (EFI) regularly compiles and presents reports on Germany's research, innovation and technological capacities. Strengths and weaknesses of the German system of innovation are analyzed in international and contemporary comparison, and prospects of Germany as a location for research and innovation are assessed based on the newest scientific studies.
The BMBF regularly reports on the state of Germany's research and innovation system. The reports, which began in 1963, are based on diverse resolutions passed by the German Bundestag. Every two years, information is gathered on the goals, structure and focuses of research policy and funding. Following a further resolution in 1998, the BMBF commissioned leading academic research institutes to carry out studies on German capabilities in international comparison.
The Commission of Experts for Research and Innovation (EFI) has presented its 2013 report on research, innovation and technological performance to Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel and Federal Research Minister Johanna Wanka. The Commission's sixth report confirms that German research and innovation policy has achieved major successes which are highly respected internationally. The experts highlight the importance of research and innovation for Germany's attractiveness as a business location: In their view, policy-makers should therefore clearly renew their commitment to a research and innovation policy with a long-term perspective. (URL: http://www.bmbf.de/en/12210.php)