The Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) has been conducting a representative firm survey on innovation activity within the German Economy every year since 1993. The Innovation Survey is commissioned by the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF). It is conducted in cooperation with the infas (Institute for Applied Social Sciences) and the Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research. The Innovation Survey is the German contribution to the European Commission’s Community Innovation Surveys (CIS) coordinated by the Statistical Office of the EU (Eurostat).

The Innovation Survey yields important information on the introduction of new products, services and processes within firms, as well as expenditure on innovation and the degree of success achieved by firms through new products and services and improved processes. Furthermore, the survey gives an insight into the factors which help firms to invest in their futures, or hinder them from doing so.

The Innovation Survey is conducted annually and designed as panel survey ("Mannheim Innovation Panel" - MIP).

Annual Indicator Reports and Innovation Reports for individual sectors are available from this site.

Result tables based on CIS standards (in terms of sector and size class coverage and variable breakdowns) are available here.

Methodological reports including descriptive results are published for each survey wave and can be accessed here:

ZEW-Innovationserhebung 2017

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Die Unternehmen in Deutschland haben ihre Innovationsausgaben im Jahr 2016 leicht erhöht und damit einen neuen Rekord aufgestellt. Insgesamt hat die deutsche Wirtschaft mit 158,8 Milliarden Euro zwei Prozent mehr als im Vorjahreszeitraum (2015: 157,4 Milliarden Euro) für Innovationsvorhaben ausgegeben und damit auch mehr als je zuvor. Auch in den Jahren 2017 und 2018 wollen die Unternehmen zum Teil weiter kräftig in Innovationen investieren. Sowohl die Großunternehmen wie auch die kleinen und mittleren Unternehmen (KMU) haben ihre Innovationsausgaben im Jahr 2016 erhöht. Zugleich ist der Anteil der Unternehmen in Deutschland, die Forschung und Entwicklung (FuE) durchgeführt haben, gesunken.

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ZEW Sector Reports

Based on the ZEW Innovation Surveys, a separate evaluation is carried out for 47 industrial sectors. The results are published in reports on the respective sector.