Key Technologies and Technological Future Fields in the New Federal States: Inventory and Potentials


Technological change and the value creation generated by innovations are to be regarded as the most important sources of growth for mature economies. Key enabling technologies accelerate and decisively shape this change by providing the basis for numerous applications in different fields of application. Consequently, changes in key enabling technologies pose significant challenges for economies. Advanced technologies - from new drive technologies in vehicle manufacturing to strategically important technologies that permeate almost all areas of production and life, such as the Internet of Things, to disruptive research fields such as quantum technology - are shaping change in almost all social, political and economic areas. As a result, key technologies can initiate long-term growth cycles and shape development paths in the new German states for decades to come. 


Project goals

The following objectives can be set for the analysis of the key technology potential in the new federal states:

  1. Recognize technology potentials in order to further develop endogenous strengths.
  2. Identify and discuss possible design variants in order to identify new perspectives for processes of specialization, cross and open innovation.
  3. Identify future-oriented policy options to coherently and concertedly promote prospective technologies as the basis for improved value creation.


Our services

The Fraunhofer Center for International Management and Knowledge Economy is responsible for developing and producing high-quality recommendations for action, for political decision-makers in the new German states and the federal government in order to promote the development of key technologies. First, a meta-analysis is used to evaluate existing support measures and to examine them for potential obstacles to support in the area of technology and innovation. Subsequently, with the help of secondary data (Eurostat, OECD), best practice regions, based on similar socio-demographic characteristics to the new federal states, are sought in order to derive successful political recommendations for action. Finally, the developed recommendations for action will be presented in an expert hearing and thus critically examined. With a view to the final report, this serves to ensure that only feasible recommendations for action are made. The expert hearing team consists of representatives from politics and science from the state and federal levels.


Project Partner

Prognos AG



Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy



June 2021 - January 2022