North Rhine-Westphalia

Nordrhein-Westfalen
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Nordrhein-Westfalen

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. A crucial element for implementing this lead market strategy is composed of the 14 state clusters funded by North Rhine-Westphalia:

  • Biotechnology (BIO.NRW)
  • Chemistry (CHEMIE.NRW)
  • Food and nutrition (Ernährung.NRW)
  • Energy economy and applied energy technology (EnergieRegion.NRW)
  • Energy science and research-intensive energy technologies (CEF.NRW)
  • Health economy and applied medical technologies (CGW.NRW)
  • Cultural industries (CREATIVE.NRW)
  • Synthetic materials (Kunststoff.NRW)
  • Logistics (Logistik.NRW)
  • Mechanical and plant engineering/ production technologies (Produktion.NRW)
  • Media (Medien.NRW)
  • Medical research/ research-intensive medical technology (InnovativeMedizin.NRW)
  • Nano-micro technology/ new materials (NMWP.NRW)
  • Environmental technologies (Umwelttechnologien.NRW)


The state clusters collaborate closely with regional and/or thematic clusters in their respective issue areas.

In addition, network creation within academia is supported by the state government. The competence network stem cell research, for example, concentrates all relevant research on adult and embryonal stem cell research. More than 30 bio-medical institutes are connected in the network to guarantee responsible and transparent practices of stem cell research. The state-wide network includes the two working groups bio-medicine and ethics – law – social science.

(last update: September 2016)

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