Innovating through research


There are over 3.5 million companies in Germany, but less than one percent of them conduct research – an extremely significant few. This is because only those that pursue research are able  to discover new things and drive innovation and growth. From 2014, the Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft (German Association for the Promotion of Science and Education) is now rewarding companies for the special responsibility they bear on behalf of the state and society, awarding them its “Innovativ durch Forschung” (Innovating through Research) quality seal.

Consistent implementation of our strategy to transfer the latest findings, methods and tools from fundamental research to industrial practice not only impresses our clients, but has also won favour with the Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft e.V., which has awarded us its “Innovativ durch Forschung” quality seal.

The Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft e.V. (German Association for the Promotion of Science and Education) is one of the largest private scientific funding bodies in Germany. As well as its commitment to promoting young academic researchers, excellent universities and top-level research, it is also tasked with inspecting and assessing the German research and innovation system. How much do German companies invest in research and development? What impact does this have on the country’s future viability? These questions are the focus of an R&D survey conducted annually by the Stifterverband’s science statistics department on behalf of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research. In addition, the Stifterverband provides sponsorship to a quarter of a million young people every year through competitions and academies. By supporting 600 foundations with total assets of 2.5 billion euros, the Stifterverband makes a major contribution to research and innovation in Germany.