The Foundation for Technology, Innovation and Research Thuringia (STIFT) is a private non-profit foundation governed by civil law, and established by the Federal State of Thuringia in 1993. STIFT promotes comprehensive technology and knowledge transfer and shapes the technology landscape of Thuringia by facilitating the exploitation of scientific findings and research results. STIFT plans and establishes application and technology centers; promotes projects of Thuringian universities, research institutes, enterprises and networks. STIFT is also involved as an organizer or partner of large regional events and competitions, such as the Innovation Award Thuringia and the Thuringian Competition “Youth Research”. STIFT is partner of the Enterprise Europe Network and offers in this context information, advice and support on all questions related to the European single market, research funding and cross-border technology transfer.