Germany’s 16 federal states have launched numerous measures to support the development of efficient clusters. These measures take into account the individual strengths of the regions – across technology, business or innovation – and are also designed around present structures and other features specific to the region.
The individual measures at federal level provide financial support for areas ranging from cluster management, to innovation projects, to educational activities and joint public relations initiatives, right across the federal state. For information and enquiries concerning the activities in the federal states, the POCs responsible for the respective initiatives are available to help.
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The state government of Baden-Wuerttemberg systematically supports the development of regionally, nationally, as well as internationally visible clusters, cluster initiatives, and state wide networks. Multiple cluster initiatives have already been honoured in federal and regional competitions.
In context of its cluster policy, the Bavarian state government supports the operation of state-wide platforms in high-tech industries and traditional sectors of the Bavarian economy. Central task of the cluster platforms is to connect businesses with each other as well as businesses with research institutions.
The "Joint Innovation Strategy of the Federal States Berlin and Brandenburg (innoBB)" primarily aims at developing the following cross-state clusters according to intelligent specialisation: Health economy; Energy technology; Transport, mobility, and logistics; Information and communication technology, media, and the creative economy; and Optics (including microsystems technology).
The federal state of Brandenburg focuses on efficient networks, strategic alliances and the expansion of research associations – including new forms of institutional networking and structural cooperation. It is increasingly successful with its notable cooperation model “Joint Labs” that ties together universities and other research institutions.
The Cluster Strategy 2020 foregrounds measures for strengthening the regional sectors aerospace, wind energy, as well as maritime economy and logistics. Cluster management structures are continuously professionalised so as to foster regional partnerships between individual companies and scientific institutions as well as their regional and international linkages by effective network activities.
The Senate’s innovation policy is based on the InnovationsAllianz (Innovation Alliance), an initiative jointly operated by Hamburg political institutions, businesses, and research centres. The goal of the initiative is to improve parameters for innovation and to evolve the metropolitan region Hamburg into a leading region of innovation in Europe till 2020.
The support of cluster networks constitutes an important field of action for Hessian economic and innovation policy. Today, roughly 3,500 members – above all businesses, universities, research institutions, and other actors – are active in more than 35 Hessian cluster networks. Hesse pursues a “bottom-up approach” in its cluster support.
In the past years, viable cluster- and network structures have formed in the most important economic branches and technology sectors in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. In part, these have been initiated by network promotion of the federal state and oftentimes not only businesses are involved as partners but also universities and other research institutions.
Advancement of research and development in Lower Saxony is primarily conducted by instruments such as research and innovation associations. With higher market maturity of new technologies and increasing focus on technology transfer to the business sector, national and regional network structures and initiatives become effective.
The North Rhine-Westphalian innovation strategy, aligned with its focus on lead markets of the future, aims at timely identification of new innovation potential, further development of existing strengths, and the creation of a social climate that fosters innovation by close interconnectedness of all actors along the value chain.
The cluster and network initiatives of the state of Rhineland-Palatinate advance new technologies and innovations while increasing innovation abilities and competitiveness of the actors involved.
The offers provided by clusters/networks in the Saarland primarily support exchange of expertise, know-how, and knowledge transfer of key issue-areas in the nexus of regional economic policy while contributing to strengthen the economic capabilities of the region.
Saxony supports the creation of clusters and networks by means of intense dialogue with economic actors and the funding of cluster managements and projects within the frame of the ERDF technology funding programmes. In addition to financing concrete research and development projects, Saxony offers all Saxon applicants and networks assistance in tenders and participation in competitions of the German state.
For ten years the state government Saxony-Anhalt has promoted the creation of clusters and networks. Today, these clusters have developed into competence centres that resemble an important growth and employment engine for Saxony-Anhalt.
Cluster policy in Schleswig-Holstein aims at intertwining business, science, and politics in form of joint activities. Knowledge and competencies are sought to be transferred, mutual ideas and concerns fostered, and cross-technology and -sector innovation potential developed in order to generate new added value in Schleswig-Holstein.
The Free State of Thuringia considers clusters to be of crucial economic and regional importance as they foster the growth of added value and employment. A central role in the development of clusters is assumed by specific cluster and network organisations. They bring together business and academia in the respective clusters and sectors, encourage technology transfer and innovation, and contribute to creating a meaningful profile in and of the Free State.