The current priorities of Saarland’s research and innovation policy are the result of the Regional Innovation Strategy for Smart Specialisation. The Saarland Strategy for Innovation and Technology (2016–2023) is a key element in the ongoing development and transformation of the state. Together with other initiatives, such as measures that are part of higher education development planning, the innovation strategy is an overarching vision for the future of Saarland.

In addition to strengthening and further developing research at universities and non-university research institutions, the most important priorities of the strategy are:

  • stimulating private R&D and other innovation activities,
  • optimising vertical integration, and
  • generating so-called cross-innovations across the key areas of ICT, automotive/production and life science/materials.