Market Research – Innovations

Innovation Survey

The Innovation Survey is a business survey and representative of industry groups, size classes as well as West and East Germany. Representativeness is ensured by a stratified random sample with disproportionate drawing probabilities, a sufficient volume of the net sample, conducting a large non-respondents’ survey, and full coverage of the largest businesses.

The surveys in the years 2017, 2019 and 2021 are being conducted as panel survey and will be conceptually connected directly to the Innovation Surveys from 1993 to 2016 (Mannheim Innovation Panel MIP), which were carried out in cooperation by ZEW, infas and ISI. The panel character of the survey in particular remains in place over the entire period, which significantly extends the analyses’ potential of the collected data.

In 2017, 2019, ans 2021 the survey is the German contribution to the European Commission’s Community Innovation Surveys (CIS).


The survey will be carried out by CIS in 2017, 2019 and 2021 as a long survey with increased sample size and a long questionnaire, in 2018 and 2020 a short survey will be carried out with reduced sample size and a short questionnaire. The data are collected by means of a written questionnaire (PAPI).

Businesses also have the option of completing the questionnaire online (CAWI). Non-respondents are interviewed by telephone (CATI) with the possibility of an online answering online (CAWI) again.


Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW)

Project period

1992 - 2021


Market Research – Innovations