AiF experts met members of the CSU state group to exchange views on environmental protection and transportation policy // Climate protection is to support and stimulate the business activity in Germany // Goal of nationwide R&D funding support for small and medium-sized enterprises achieved
The CSU state group invited on 12 February 2020 members of the AiF R&D Network for Small and Medium-Sized Businesses to Berlin for an exchange on environmental protection and transport policy. The round-table meeting was chaired by Karl Holmeier, Member of the Bundestag, Chairman of the Working Group for Economy and Energy, Transport and Digital Infrastructure, Education and Research, Tourism of the CSU state group and Professor Sebastian Bauer, President of the Aif. It was attended by other members of the state group and representatives of the industrial research associations affiliated to the AiF, including DECHEMA (Society for Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology eV), FAT (Research Association for Automotive Technology eV powered by VDA) and FVV.
Voices from the expert meeting
In order to support the development and implementation of the right technologies for the future, the task for politicians is to set up clever and well-defined regulations. Therefore, the exchange between the CSU state group and the AiF expert network is of particular importance:
The AiF and Industry are jointly promoting more support for pre-competitive research and development within the framework of Industrial Collective Research programme. This includes talks with the parliamentary groups of the German Bundestag in Berlin as well as the presentation of successful IGF projects in the constituencies of individual members of parliament.
Fortunately, this work is bearing fruit. In another press release of 12 February 2020, the AiF was able to announce that as of 31 December 2019, the IGF research landscape no longer has any white spots: In every city and region in Germany, representatives of industry and science work together to solve application-oriented problems in research and development. At the end of 2019, there were a total of more than 23,000 corporate participations in ongoing IGF projects.
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Professor Kurt Wagemann, Florian Oßner, MdB, Dr Rolf Bulander, Prof Sebastian Bauer, Prof Claudia Langowsky, Karl Holmeier, MdB, Dietmar Goericke
The Federation of Industrial Research Associations “Otto von Guericke“ eV is the research network for the German Mittelstand. It promotes research, transfer and innovation. As the umbrella association of 100 non-profit research associations with more than 50,000 member companies and 1,200 participating research institutions, it makes an important contribution to sustainably strengthening the competitiveness of Germany’s industry. The AiF, as a non-profit association, organises the Industrial Collective Research (IGF) programme of the German Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) and, via AiF Projekt GmbH and AiF F∙T∙K GmbH, its wholly-owned subsidiaries, manages other public funding programmes. Since its foundation in 1954, the AiF has channelled around 12.5 billion euros in public funding into new developments and innovations and initiated more than 230,000 research projects.
The FVV has been a full member of the AiF since 1956.
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