High-Tech Strategy 2025 – Scientific support of missions and performance measurement in the context of accompanying the HighTech Forum

The project aims to support the implementation of the High-Tech Strategy (HTS) 2025, which directs German research and innovation policy more strongly towards addressing the Grand Challenges, the major societal challenges of our time. On the one hand, the project supports the implementation of the new mission-oriented policy of the High-Tech Strategy 2025, which is very complex due to its compre-hensiveness, through evidence-based scientific policy consultation and supports learning processes in the governance of these missions. On the other hand, it will develop an innovative concept to measure the effectiveness of this mission-oriented policy. The project is integrated in the activities supporting the High-Tech Forum (the high-level advisory body accompanying the HTS 2025).

The project encompasses several closely interlinked research steps. On the one hand, the different project parts provide science-based support for the implementation and further development of the German Federal Government's High-Tech Strategy 2025. In addition, the project develops an impact measurement concept for mission-oriented approaches in research and innovation policy and related policy fields:

Science-based process support

  • Scientific monitoring of the High-Tech Strategy 2025 in involved ministries and workshops to support the implementation of the mission
  • Conceptualizing an intervention logic for individual missions
  • Exchanging with international partners on "good practices" (including UK, NL, SWE, OECD)

Impact measurement for mission-oriented policy

  • Innovative mission typology
  • Systematization of mission-specific challenges
  • Sequential Status Quo Analyses
  • Comprehensive impact model for mission-oriented policy approaches

The close interlocking of these two dimensions allows supporting the current implementation of the missions as well as creating the basis for the future assessment of the impacts of the High-Tech Strategy 2025. Furthermore, the project results allow generalizable conclusions for the future impact measurement and implementation of complex policies, which supports the approach of the High-Tech Strategy 2025 as a learning strategy.

Implementation of the High-Tech Strategy 2025



Academic Conferences:

  • European Forum for Studies of Policies for Research and Innovation (Eu-SPRI Forum) 2021: Paper in track "Transformative Mission-oriented STI policy: From mission definition to implementation: Conceptualizing mission-oriented policies as a multi-stage translation process", online 9.6.2021.
  • IST 2020:
    • Organisation of a dialogue session in track "Methodologies: Crafting impact assessments of transformative governance and mission-oriented innovation policies", online 17.8.2020.
    • Paper presentation in track "Governance in an Era of Change: Governing varieties of Mission-Oriented Innovation Policies: A new typology", online 20.8.2020.
  • "Governing the diversity of Missions-oriented Innovation Policies: A new typology", European Forum for Studies of Policies for Research and Innovation (Eu-SPRI Forum) 2020, online, 5.6.2020.
  • "Scientific Support Action for the German Hightech-Strategy 2025", Transformative Innovation Policy Consortium (TIPC) Conference 2019: Towards a Global Research Agenda for Transformative Innovation Policy, Valencia, 4.-5.11.2019.

Practical exchange:




German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)

Cooperation within Fraunhofer

Hightech Forum: The research project conducted by Fraunhofer ISI in support of the High-Tech Strategy 2025 cooperates continuously with the Hightech-Forum, which supports the governance of the various missions within the High-Tech Strategy 2025 with various event and publication formats.

Participation process for the High-Tech Strategy 2025: The project is closely linked to the Participation process for the High-Tech-Strategy 2025, which is jointly conducted by Zebra Log and Fraunhofer ISI. This process comprises different dialogue processes in selected, differently positioned regions/locations, structurally weak high-tech regions as well as regions in transition.