Policy Papers for the 2021 federal elections

Fraunhofer takes a stance

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On September 26th 2021, Germany elected a new federal parliament. The next federal government will face ernomous challenges in the forthcoming legislative term, such as overcoming the Coronavirus pandemic, combating the climate crisis and achieving technological sovereignty in critical sectors. In order to master these challenges, consequential political action based on scientific recommendations is necessary.

Therefore, Fraunhofer has taken a stance on selected topics in a series of Policy Papers on research and innovation policy. We sketch out specific challenges, identify areas that require action and offer tangible policy recommendations.

The Policy Papers have so far been published only in German.


Policy Papers for the 2021 federal elections in Germany



by Prof. Dr.-Ing. Reimund Neugebauer,
President of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft


Health Research

Innovation opportunities for industry and society


Bioeconomy and Circular Economy

Sustainable innovations and growth perspectives


Digital Sovereignty

Technologies for self-determined action in the digital sphere


Artificial Intelligence

A crucial technology for Germany's and Europe's competitiveness



Quantum Technologies

For a competitive and technologically sovereign Europe


High-Performance Computing (HPC)

HPC as an enabler for a high-performing economy


Renewable Energies

Promoting a systematic energy transition to decarbonize Germany



Hydrogen Technologies

Balancing energy systems, climate-neutral industrial processes, mobility without fossil fuels, energy security and reliability


Fuel Cell Production

Accelerating hydrogen technologies with a National Action Plan for Fuel Cell production


Sustainable Mobility

Rethinking mobility and infrastructure for a more sustainable future


Fraunhofer Klimaneutral 2030

Developing, applying and demonstrating systemic solutions for climate-friendly organizations and properties


Regional Innovation Ecosystems

Performance Centers for innovative SMEs


Fraunhofer's Economic Impact

Assessing Fraunhofer's macro- and microeconomic impact