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Advisers urge reorientation of public funding

The German government should channel research funding into areas in which Germany can be a leader and invest more in public-private laboratories, according to a team of experts.

The so-called High-Tech Forum presented a paper on 24 June, outlining how to achieve Germany’s goal of raising R&D spending to 3.5 per cent of GDP. The forum is the government’s central advisory body for implementing the High-Tech Strategy 2025, a national plan that incorporates the R&D spending target.

The forum’s paper noted that other nations such as China and the United States increasingly focus their research inwards, along national priorities. For Germany to continue to be an attractive and competitive research location, multilateral cooperation should be intensified, it recommended.

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