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Innovationspolitik für den Mittelstand hat sich bewährt


  • Heike Belitz
  • Alexander Eickelpasch
  • Anna Lejpras


The innovation policy of the German government and Länder provides small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) with a wide range of programs to promote their R & D and focuses, in particular, on the transfer of knowledge. In recent years, the programs have been streamlined and funding substantially increased as part of the second economic stimulus package. Small and medium-sized enterprises have profited from this: the number of research SMEs has grown, they have increased their R&D expenditure and intensified their knowledge exchange with universities and research facilities. Government funding earmarked for all types of technology is to remain at the current level- around ten percent of SMEs' research expenditure-thus providing more targeted support for knowledge transfer. Die Innovationspolitik des Bundes und der Länder bietet dem Mittelstand ein breites Spektrum an Programmen zur Stärkung von Forschung und Entwicklung der kleinen und mittleren Unternehmen und ist besonders auf den Wissenstransfer ausgerichtet. In den letzten Jahren wurden die Programme gestrafft und die Fördermittel im Zuge des Konjunkturpakets II deutlich ausgeweitet. Der Mittelstand hat davon profitiert: Die Zahl der forschenden kleinen und mittleren Unternehmen stieg, sie stockten ihre Forschungsund Entwicklungsaufwendungen auf, und der Wissensaustausch mit Universitäten und Forschungseinrichtungen wurde intensiviert. Die technologieoffene Förderung des Bundes sollte auf dem aktuellen Niveau - etwa zehn Prozent der Forschungsaufwendungen der kleinen und mittleren Unternehmen - fortgeführt und dabei der Wissenstransfer zielgenauer unterstützt werden.

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  • Heike Belitz & Alexander Eickelpasch & Anna Lejpras, 2012. "Innovationspolitik für den Mittelstand hat sich bewährt," DIW Wochenbericht, DIW Berlin, German Institute for Economic Research, vol. 79(49), pages 3-11.
  • Handle: RePEc:diw:diwwob:79-49-1

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    1. Homburg, Stefan & Houben, Henriette & Maiterth, Ralf, 2007. "Rechtsform und Finanzierung nach der Unternehmensteuerreform 2008," EconStor Open Access Articles, ZBW - German National Library of Economics, pages 376-381.
    2. Homburg, Stefan & Houben, Henriette & Maiterth, Ralf, 2008. "Optimale Eigenfinanzierung der Personenunternehmen nach der Unternehmensteuerreform 2008/2009," EconStor Open Access Articles, ZBW - German National Library of Economics, pages 29-47.
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    R & D; Small and medium sized enterprises; technology and innovation. - policy;

    JEL classification:

    • O14 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Industrialization; Manufacturing and Service Industries; Choice of Technology
    • O25 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Development Planning and Policy - - - Industrial Policy
    • O38 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Government Policy


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