Transatlantic Innovation Forum ACE

From 24 to 29 June 2018, Israel and Germany jointly organised the 9th Americas Competitiveness Exchange (ACE) under the motto “building bridges”. The ACE is an event of the Organisation of the American States (OAS), which is co-organised, among others, by the US Department of Commerce (DoC). This format brings together innovation policy actors from different countries in one region and promotes the international exchange of innovation policy topics. Due to the close Pan-American relationship, the successful format took place for the first time outside the American continent. More than 30 companies and over 20 research institutions opened their doors, showed their innovative strength and offered their transatlantic cooperation.

Innovation as basis for prosperity

Following the Israeli part of the conference, which took place from 24 to 26 June 2018 in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, State Secretary Claudia Dörr-Voß opened the German part of this special ACE edition at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) in Berlin on 27 June. The three-day programme taking place in Berlin and Dresden presented the diversity of the German economy and the strengths of its innovation system.

In the context of the 9th ACE, Federal Minister of Economics Peter Altmaier welcomed representatives of 23 American states to a vivid exchange of innovation policy. Mr. Altmaier emphasised the importance of innovations as basis for economic prosperity, which in many cases were also the answer to social challenges. It would be only reasonable to promote innovations together and to learn from each other in terms of innovation policy. “We all benefit from openness. Innovation experts are particularly well aware of this because they are used to think and work across borders“, said the minister. Therefore, he was very pleased to welcome so many bright minds from so many states in Germany.

International funding network CORNET

During the one-week meeting, over 50 high-ranking innovation players from government, science and industry gained insights into various funding programmes, such as the Central Innovation Programme for SMEs (ZIM) and the Industrial Collective Research (IGF). BMWi Head of Unit Angelika Müller also emphasised the advantages of the international funding network CORNET, which realises transnational projects in the field of pre-competitive Collective Research. German project participation is financed through the IGF programme as the funding of the international CORNET projects is always covered on national level.

CORNET is an open initiative projects from all sectors and areas of technology are welcome and eligible. Submission of international project proposals is possible twice a year via the CORNET Submission Tool. Detailed information on the application process, the guidelines and the participating countries can be found on the CORNET website in the section Calls for Proposals.

The first result of the ACE conference in Germany is an innovation partnership with Argentina. Please stay tuned on about future cooperation possibilities with Argentina within the CORNET framework.


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