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Innovative Capacity and Research Transfer
The World of Work is profoundly changing at the beginning of the 21st century. The changes are determined by technological developments and a rapid globalization. The structure of enterprises as widely well as work relations are changing. Demographic alterations and new value patterns are becoming important for economy. The working world of the future will focus on the individual, his skills and knowledge, his creativity and motivation. This requires new forms of human work that will challenge the structures and working conditions established in the previous century. Science has to face these factors, to identify risks and challenges in order to develop concepts for the future.
Innovative development of work
The Federal Republic of Germany is experiencing a fundamental change in its economic and social structure that is primarily due to the transition from an industrial society to an information and service society. Germany's transformation process, European integration and the progressive internationalisation and globalisation of the economy represent key challenges in this context.
Innovation in Services
In all areas of the economy, services have been, and will continue to be, a key driver of economic growth and increased employment, both in Germany and in Europe as a whole. Even in times of slacker economic activity, services have invariably done better than conventional goods-producing industries.
The international activities within the programme priorities "Innovative Development of Work and Services" are related to the tasks: Interfaces to the manifold EU-research and promotion activities; Contact points to European and international institutions and networks; Opportunities of cooperation with corresponding national activities.
BMBF programme “Innovation Forums”
The Innovation Forums (Innovationsforen) funding programme is part of the BMBF innovation initiative Entrepreneurial Regions (Unternehmen Region) and a component of regional innovation funding through which the BMBF has been supporting networks in the New Länder since 2001. The funding measure provides innovative initiatives in the early stages of development with start-up funding to open up research- and market-relevant innovation potential by creating and expanding networks.
Development of Work and Services
The Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Technologie, BMWi) funds projects on “Transferring R&D results through standardisation”. One aim of the funding measure is the gradual integration of research results into industry and businesses by translating recent findings into norms and standards. This improves the level of penetration of the central idea of “Transferring R&D results through standardisation” and ensures increasing advantage is taken of the potential offered by norms and standards.
Research into knowledge transfer services
Remaining competitive through services: service provision becomes a key term whenever talk turns to employment, economic growth and innovations in view of the intensification of competition and economic structural change. A comprehensive service provision culture is incredibly important for the competitiveness of local companies - both in the tertiary and secondary sectors.
Focus of research on innovation
Transferring knowledge gained from top-level German research into markets and products helps maintain the productivity of the German economy, creates and preserves jobs and thereby ensures Germany's prosperity. Knowledge and technology transfer, and thus the shaping of innovation, is a process that is not yet sufficiently fostered in academia. The "Focus of research on innovation" funding area supports non-university research institutions in developing new instruments and methods of technology transfer and in designing concepts and testing strategies and structures for sustainably integrating a culture of transfer into the work of research institutions.
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