Director of Fraunhofer ISI appointed scientific partner for the “German Innovation Award”

March 26, 2018

Professor Marion A. Weissenberger-Eibl has provided scientific support for the selection and evaluation of applications for the “German Innovation Award 2018”. This Award is sponsored by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy. On 13 April 2018, it will be given to prizewinners in three categories: large enterprises, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and start-ups, who are distinguished by particularly innovative projects or business models.

The German Innovation Award is given to one start-up, one SME and one large enterprise whose innovations are already proving successful on the market. The Award singles out product innovations, innovative business models, processes and services as well as organizational and marketing innovations. Prof. Marion A. Weissenberger-Eibl, Director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research ISI, who also holds the Chair of Innovation and Technology Management at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology KIT, has assisted the jury of the German Innovation Award as scientific partner and member of the “innovation circle”, and has supported the selection and evaluation of the nine nominated enterprises.

“I am delighted that I can contribute my expertise as an innovation researcher to the German Innovation Award and in this way can help to single out and reward the most innovative projects and business models”, says the Director of Fraunhofer ISI. “Evaluation criteria such as market success and market opportunities play a decisive role as do external objective measures of innovation, for instance, through market analyses or patent offices as well as the purpose, benefits and relevance of the innovation for Germany as a business location. The most innovative applicants were selected based on these criteria.”

The nominations for the Award this year include innovations such as a cable-free elevator, whose cabins can operate vertically and horizontally; a brake disc with a hard metal coating that cuts particulate emissions by 90 percent; and a wound dressing that activates cell regeneration, disinfects the wound and kills multi-resistant bacteria using “cold physical plasma”.

Further information (in German) about the nominated enterprises and the German Innovation Award 2018 can be found here:

The Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research ISI analyzes the origins and impacts of innovations. We research the short- and long-term developments of innovation processes and the impacts of new technologies and services on society. On this basis, we are able to provide our clients from industry, politics and science with recommendations for action and perspectives for key decisions. Our expertise is founded on our scientific competence as well as an interdisciplinary and systemic research approach.