What are the goals of the BuFI report and who does it address?

Cover page of the Short Version of Federal Report on Research and Innovation 2020

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In accordance with the resolution of the German Bundestag of 22 June 2006 (BT-Drs. 16/646), the Federal Government presents the Federal Report on Research and Innovation (BuFI) every two years. The BuFI report provides comprehensive information on the research and innovation policy of the Federal Government and the Länder and presents clear, up-to-date facts and figures on the various aspects of the German research and innovation system. Reporting since 1963, the BuFI report is the standard work on Germany’s research and innovation policy.

How can research and innovation be used to address societal challenges, strengthen Germany’s competencies for the future and create a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship? How are science and research, innovation and technological development promoted and politically informed? What financial means are provided for this and with what success? The BuFI report answers these questions and provides comprehensive information about the current research and innovation policy of the Federal Government and the Länder.

The report is thus aimed both at a specialist audience, particularly at universities, research institutions, associations and companies, and at the broader interested public. It presents an overview, comments on the opinions of the Commission of Experts for Research and Innovation (EFI) and serves as a basis for political decision-making.