Why is (basic) research so important for innovation?
Without (basic) research there would be no new technologies and no new business possibilities or models, which form the basis for value creation and education.
What are the biggest challenges in collaborating with universities and universities of applied sciences?
I personally do not see any particularly difficult challenge in the collaboration if the financing of the projects is clear and guaranteed.
What do you like most about the CD Laboratory funding scheme?
The special feature of the CDG model is that it enables the three-way relationship between basic research, applied research and industry. The stability of the relationship is based on the expert evaluation AND support of the individual laboratories by experts from science and the private sector. I think the model is a perfect showcase for research support.