The German Government has supported nanotechnology since the 1980s, and Germany
is now the leading player in nanotechnology in Europe in terms of funding, number
of companies and dedicated research centres. Germany ranks among the top four
nanotech locations worldwide. Germany's strengths include a well structured
R&D infrastructure and a high level of research in the various subfields
of nanotechnology. The industrial base for utilizing the results of this research
is also in place.
Public nanotechnology funding in Germany is mainly distributed through the
country's network of research institutes - Fraunhofer, Max Planck, and Leibniz
- and universities. German research institutions are global leaders in nanotech-related
basic research. The institutes are an effective interface between basic research
and industry, helping to transform basic research into applications. Funding
bodies include the BMBF, research foundation DFG, the Fraunhofer Geselschaft
and Max Planck institutes, the Volkswagen Foundation, and the German States.
According to the German government there are 1,000 plus companies active in
the field, with an estimated EUR 420 million public-sector investment in 2008.
Germany is also home to numerous global nanotechnology players such as BASF,
Bayer, Siemens, Carl Zeiss, and Degussa.
This 86 page report provides an in-depth analysis of companies, researchers,
government bodies, networks and funding initiatives in Germany.