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104 | 105 EDUCATION & KNOWLEDGE Since 2006 Germany has developed a par- cutting-edge clusters which receive special ticular innovation tool in the form of its in- funding were selected in three competition terdepartmental High-Tech Strategy. Since rounds. In 2014 an evaluation revealed then, High-Tech Strategy research projects that the cutting-edge clusters had produced have prompted a raft of innovations – from 900 innovative products, 300 patents, 450 energy-saving LED bulbs to a tissue-engin- dissertation and habilitation theses, 1,000 eered heart valve. The High-Tech Strategy Bachelor’s and Master’s theses, and 40 start- initially had the market potential of specific ups. Germany boasts more than 800 publicly fields of technology in its sights, whereas financed research facilities. Alongside higher since 2010 it has been focussing on society’s education institutions, it is primarily four need for solutions that are fit for the future, non-university research organisations that and their realisation. form the backbone of the research sector. Translating good ideas into Excellent non-university innovative products research institutions In 2014 the High-Tech Strategy was rede- Founded in 1948, the Max Planck Society fined: The goal is to help researchers address (MPG) is the most important centre for con- topics with future potential and swiftly ducting basic research outside universities translate good ideas into innovative prod- in the natural sciences, life sciences, social ucts. Six thematic priorities serve as orienta- sciences, and the humanities. 5,600 re- tion: the digital economy and 6