Science, Technology and Innovation
Germany is a land of ideas - Europe’s number 1 in terms of patent registrations - and among the most innovative countries worldwide. Internationally renowned institutions have made the country a hub of cutting-edge international science and research.
Germany is also a partner in innovation to South Africa, developing research capacity and facilities jointly through exchange programs, research initiatives, academic conferences and high-level delegate visits.
South Africa holds the leading position in science, technology and innovation on the African continent and has a relatively well-developed research infrastructure. Accordingly, South Africa is Germany´s main cooperation partner on research, science and technology in Africa. Common research takes place in the areas of climate change, energy, astronomy, sustainability, biodiversity, geosciences, integrated water resource and sustainable land management, as well as advanced manufacturing.
Research cooperation with South Africa
Research and development are the basis for innovative technological developments of tomorrow. The wide range of innovative ideas and products from Germany is based on broad scientific and applied research, in areas such as environmentally- and climate-friendly technologies, information and communication technologies, but also life and social sciences, executed by numerous research institutions and companies alike.
Innovation in the Land of Ideas
Science and research in Germany are characterized by an excellent infrastructure and well-equipped research facilities with highly qualified staff. Germany offers a host of research locations, from universities, including universities of applied sciences, to non-university institutes, companies and federal as well as state institutions.
Research funding supports public and private scientific institutions, including universities, as well as enterprises involved in research, development and innovation. Who provides funding and how, where must applications be submitted - these are the important questions on research funding. Some answers and further information may be found here.