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 clusters, cluster initiatives and state-wide networks, which are visible on a regional, national, as well as international level. The “Regional Cluster Atlas Baden-Württemberg” and the cluster database (available on the website of Clusterportal BW) promote transparency. Relevant information is provided through several events and the website "Clusterportal BW".
As part of its ‘Cluster Offensive Bavaria’ cluster policy, Bavaria’s government is promoting the operation of state-wide platforms in high-tech industries and traditional sectors of the Bavarian economy. The central task of the cluster platforms is to create long-term connections between companies – and between companies and research institutions.
The Joint Innovation Strategy of the States of Berlin and Brandenburg (innoBB 2025) was adopted by the two state governments in January 2019. It is the foundation for the continuation of the close economic policy cooperation between the two states in the capital region, which began with innoBB in 2011 as the first interstate innovation strategy.
The federal state of Brandenburg relies on efficient networks, strategic alliances and the targeted expansion of research alliances – including new forms of institutional networking and structural cooperation.
The innovation programme 2020 and the related cluster strategy 2020 form the programmatic core focus of the Regional Innovation Strategy (RIS3) of Bremen. The RIS3 is supposed to strengthen the competitiveness of the region and create and secure sustainable jobs.
The Senate's innovation policy is based on the Innovation Alliance for Hamburg, which is jointly run by Hamburg politicians, industry and science. The aim of this initiative is to improve the framework conditions for innovation and to develop Hamburg and its metropolitan region into one of the leading innovation regions in Europe by 2020.
The promotion of cluster networks is an important field of action for Hesse's economic and innovation policy. In the meantime, some 3,500 members – mainly companies, universities, research institutions and other players – are active in more than 35 cluster networks in Hesse. Hesse pursues a bottom-up approach in its cluster funding.
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.
The promotion of research and development in Lower Saxony is primarily conducted by instruments such as research and innovation associations.
In its innovation strategy, geared to the lead markets of the future, North Rhine-Westphalia pursues the goal of identifying new innovation potential at an early stage through close networking of all players along the value chain, further developing existing strengths and creating a social climate that is conducive to innovation.
The bundling of knowledge and competences through thematic and regional networks and clusters represents an important instrument for the optimisation and acceleration of innovation processes in Rhineland-Palatinate.
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 has been an excellent location for industry and advanced technology since the early phases of industrialisation. With research and training facilities that were built up and expanded to complement the region’s economic strengths, a critical mass of innovators was created for clusters radiating throughout Europe, above all in the field of microelectronics ("Cool Silicon" is the top cluster in “Silicon Saxony”). The region also has a high-performing automotive and supplier industry, as well as equipment suppliers for the mechanical and plant engineering sectors.
For more than ten years the state government of Saxony-Anhalt supports the creation of clusters and networks. Meanwhile, these clusters evolved into competence centres and have become an important engine for growth and employment in 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.
For the Free State of Thuringia, clusters are of economic and regional importance because they promote the growth of value creation and employment. The specific cluster and network organisations play a central role in cluster development. They bring industry and research together in the respective clusters/industries, promote technology transfer and innovation, and contribute to profile building and location development in the federal state.