Research & Innovation

Bavaria is one of the most research-intensive locations in the world. The state holds a national and international position in terms of the expenditure on research and development, with annual investments totalling around 5 billion euros. Every fourth patent applied for in Germany originates in Bavaria. A total of around 100,000 people work as researchers and scientists in companies, universities and non-university research facilities in Bavaria.

Bavarian Nobel prize winners
6 Nobel prize winners for chemistry
4 Nobel prize winners for physics including Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen (Würzburg university), 1901
3 Nobel prize winners for physiology/medicine including Konrad Lorenz (MPI behavioural psychology), 1973



Innovation policy in Bavaria

Within the framework of the “Offensive Zukunft Bayern” and the “High-Tech Offensive”, since the nineties, over 4 billion euros from privatisation proceeds have been invested in education and research, the development of high-tech centres, the encouragement of the founding of new businesses, infrastructure development, technology transfer and the internationalisation of science and industry. 

The following areas of application and technology for research and technology hold particular long-term importance for Bavaria:

  • life sciences
  • information and communications technologies
  • efficient product technologies, mechatronics, automation and robotics
  • new substances, intelligent materials, nano and micro technologies
  • clean tech – energy-saving resources, transport and environmental technologies, renewable raw materials (including bio fuels), electromobility

Cluster offensive Bavaria

Clusters have proved to be successful throughout the world. The Silicon Valley, Biotechnology in Oxford and the IT location of Munich are ranked first-class worldwide. The areas of competence:

  • Mobility (automotive, railway engineering, logistics & aerospace)
  • Material development (new substances, chemistry & nanotechnology)
  • People and the environment (biotechnology, medicine technology, energy technology, environmental technology, forestry and the timber industry, nutrition)
  • IT and electro-technology (ICT, sensor technology, power electronics, mechatronics and automation)
  • Services and the media (financial services, media)

The objectives:
Closer collaboration between science and industry allowing the results of scientific research to be converted even more rapidly into products and processes in companies.