New spokesman for the Bavarian Research and Innovation Agency

Dr. Christian Haslbeck, Managing Director of the Bavarian Research Foundation, takes over the position of Spokesman of the Bavarian Research and Innovation Agency from Dr. Rainer Seßner, Managing Director of Bayern Innovativ GmbH.

On July 1, 2023, Dr. Christian Haslbeck will succeed Dr. Rainer Seßner, CEO of Bayern Innovativ GmbH, who has held the role of spokesperson for the Bavarian Research and Innovation Agency since July 2022. The Bavarian Research and Innovation Agency is the central point of contact in Bavaria for anyone interested in successfully realizing their innovative project idea. The four partners involved (Bavarian Research Alliance, Bavarian Research Foundation, Bavarian Patent Alliance and Bayern Innovativ) support Bavarian scientists and companies in finding suitable funding opportunities and further support services.

This is the second time that Dr. Christian Haslbeck has served as the agency’s spokesperson – a position he already held in 2019.

“As of July 1, 2023, I may once again assume the role of spokesperson for BayFIA as Managing Director of the Bavarian Research Foundation. It is a personal concern of mine to actively support and further develop technology and knowledge transfer in Bavaria. I would therefore like to encourage you: Come to the BayFIA family and talk to us about your innovative project ideas. We will be very happy to advise you and help you turn them into reality.”

Background information

In 2010, the House of Research was launched, a joint initiative of the Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs and the Ministry of Science. Due to significant structural changes, the institution founded by the Bavarian State Government was renamed “Bavarian Research and Innovation Agency” in 2016 and another partner, Bayerische Patentallianz GmbH, was integrated. On a rotating basis, one managing director of the partner institutions takes on the role of spokesperson, which further strengthens the close cooperation between the partners.


The Bavarian Research Foundation provides grants to support application-oriented research projects that can only be successfully carried out in close cooperation between science and industry. The funding is intended to enable universities, colleges and non-university research institutions as well as companies to carry out fundamental research and development work in cooperation and, in the long term, to translate the results into new products, processes and technologies. The foundation also awards grants for international collaboration of researchers and (post-)doctoral students.


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