Since 1993, the Foundation for Technology, Innovation and Research Thuringia (STIFT) is working to promote innovation, research and technology in Thuringia. Its objective is to tap the knowledge-based regional and endogenous potential in the Free State of Thuringia. 


STIFT´s mission:

Our mission is to support science, research and innovation. This is achieved by (co-)funding projects and multifold related activities in universities, research institutions, kindergarten, primary schools, extracurricular, StartUp-networks and other institutions in the Free State of Thuringia.

What we do:

Keeping the mission in focus, STIFT initiates own projects and supports projects and activities of third parties at all levels from educational projects in kindergarten and high schools to organizing events to promote the start-ups culture and innovative entrepreneurship in the Free State of Thuringia. Our mission in the fields of education ranges from scientific training programs for kindergarten teachers, promotion of natural sciences and IT in secondary and high schools to the annual competitions “Jugend forscht” for young researchers at secondary – and  high school level rounded off by individual awards for outstanding theses and doctoral at university level.


STIFT is hosting the regional start-up initiative "ThEx innovativ", supporting technology and knowledge oriented start-up companies by providing the whole range of support services and (co-)organizing several start-up awards and high-level Pitching Events e.g. the “Investor Days Thueringen”. 


Furthermore, as part of the worldwide network “Enterprise Europe Network” (EEN) STIFT supports small and medium sized companies and research institutions to seize collaboration and business opportunities in the EU Single Market. Together with about 600 international business support organisations in 67 countries STIFT provides advice and support regarding cross-border technology transfer, EU funding opportunities (HORIZON 2020 in particular) and targeted matchmaking services for transnational R&D – and business cooperation.



Foundation for Technology, Innovation and Research Thuringia (STIFT)
Peterstraße 3
D-99084 Erfurt

mailto: info(at)
phone: +49 361 789 23 50


Grundsätze Guter Stiftungspraxis 2019


Satzung der STIFT

Satzung der STIFT

Stand 31.01.2022


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