The project funding of the Federal Government in the field of new technologies supports projects in the following areas: Information and communication technologies, materials innovation and nanotechnology, optical technologies as well as production and manufacturing technologies.
In the field of new technologies projects are funded in the entire spectrum of high-technologies. One of the most important future technology is the nanotechnology. The possible applications of this technology are immense. Future progress in nanotechnology will determine the further development of future-oriented branches. The Federal Ministry of Research has presented a new overall strategy for this area. Four lead innovations with great economic potential to provide special leverage for growth and employment in order to develop the application potential of nanotechnology for the important industries in Germany have been funded so far. These industries are the automobile industry, the optical industry, the pharmaceuticals industry as well as medical technology and electronics. These are: NanoMobil / automobile industry, NanoLux / optical industry, NanoFab/ electronics and Nanobiotechnology / life sciences.