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. They render existing Saarland competencies transregionally visible, assist initial business contacts across borders, and identify topics for technology projects by active screening of technology platforms and funding programmes on federal and EU-levels. The NanoBio-Cluster (Cluster management by cc-NanoBioNet e. V.), as well as the clusters IT, Automotive, Healthcare and Production Technology in the project InTeLUS currently exist in the Saarland.
In context of the innovation strategy, aside from focussing on funding options, the clusters also feature a precisely targeted setting of priorities. This not only occurs by reference to key issue-areas but also by linkages between the different topics in terms of cross-innovations.
In the information and communication technology sector, these cross-innovations especially include mechatronics, automation engineering, automotive technology, bioinformatics, personalised medicine, and energy economy. In the automotive/production sector the linkages emphasise digitalisation, industry 4.0, human-robotics-cooperation, assistance systems, and inspection technology. In life science/materials they focus on bio- and medical informatics, materials, material engineering, nanotechnology, and neuroscience.
Part of the strategy is also comprised of strategic approaches and instructions, for example with regard to the development and utilisation of innovation political funding instruments so as to create transfer areas at universities as well as for the promotion of cooperation between business and research.
(last update: September 2016)