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EUR 304 million for applied research in Saxony

The eastern German state's R&D infrastructure benefits from high levels of EU and state government funding

Berlin (gtai) - Biotechnology, materials science, and microelectronics were the main beneficiaries of EUR 304 million (USD 407 million) in R&D investment from the European Regional Development Fund and the state of Saxony in the 2007-2013 period.

A total of 214 projects were funded, including the construction of a new research factory for resource-efficient production at Fraunhofer IWU in Chemnitz, which received EUR 16.2 million. The factory researches sustainable solutions for the production technology of tomorrow.

The Leipzig nanoAnalytikum Laboratory at the Leibniz Institute of Surface Modification received an investment of EUR 4.3 million for high-tech equipment. The Technical University of Dresden received EUR 1.5 million for the purchase of a hot gas test rig to investigate the energy efficiency of internal combustion engines.

"This is an excellent example of the investment in research infrastructure taking place in Germany," says Marc Lehnfeld, expert at Germany Trade & Invest. "In 2012, public and private spending on research projects in Germany amounted to about 79.4 billion euros - 2.98 percent of GDP. This is a major reason for technology companies to set up a presence in Germany."

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