DE - Germany (National level)

Regional Innovation Performance (2019) Strong

Total population (2019) 83019213

Population per km² (2017) 234

Proportion population older 65 year % 21,54%


Germany is located in Central and Western Europe and has a population of 80 million. The country’s S3 priorities include, digital economy and society: Intelligent mobility: Sustainable economy and energy: Civilian security: Innovative work environment and Healthy life. In the area of Health life there is a focus on combating common illnesses, individualized medicine, prevention and nutrition, innovative care, research on active substances and innovative medical technology.

Healthprofile according to the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD):

Germany spends more per person on health than other EU countries, providing a broad benefit basket, high level of service provision and good access to care. However, the system is fragmented among numerous payers and providers, leading to inefficiencies and diminished quality of care in certain care settings, and often reflected in average health outcomes. Recent legislation has emphasised long-term care, the supply and skills of care staff and improving the availability of services, especially in rural areas.

Membership status

Member ICPerMed? yes 

Mountain ? mix of moutnain and non-mountain regions

Member Euregha? no 

Adriatic-Ionian MacroRegion? no

InnoStars Region? no 

Northern Sparsely Populated Area (NSPA)? no

PM region according EC? no 

Baltic Sea MacroRegion? yes

S3MedTech region? no 

Danube MacroRegion? yes

S3P4PM region? no 

Alpine MacroRegion? yes

Regions4PM region? no

ERAPerMed? yes 

BMBF Central Europe? yes

MedTech4Europe? no

Council of European BioRegions (CEBR)? no

1M+Genome initiative? member

European Regions Research & Innovation Network (ERRIN)?  no

Vanguard Initiative? no

S3ClusSport member?  no

Policy documents

Topics covered by policies : Medical research and innovation (-omics, biomarkers, diagnostics, etc.); Specific disease related research

Policy document (RIS3): Yes

Major initiatives

  1. Member European '1+ Million Genomes' Initiative 

  2. German Biobank Node (GBN) 

  3. BioEconomy Cluster 

  4. German Cancer Research Center/Deutsches Krebsforschungszentrum 

Self evaluation

General perception of the implementation level of PM in the region - Medium

Rate of the need for developing and implementing PM in the region - Medium

Rate of the need for increasing support/funding for PM activities in the  region - Medium

Rate of the need for increasing the capacity of PM skills in the region - Medium

Rate of the genomics literacy of the citizens in the region - Medium

Rate of the need for increasing interregional collaboration in PM - Medium

Image attribution

By Rob984 - Derived from File:Germany on the globe (Germany centered).svg, CC BY-SA 4.0,

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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 

2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 825046

The project is co-ordinated by Department Economy, Science and Innovation (EWI) of the Flemish Government.

Department Economy, Science and Innovation - Koning Albert II-laan 35 1030 Brussels, Belgium