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".
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.
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 a targeted expansion of research associations – 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 "InnovationsAllianz", an initiative jointly operated by Hamburg’s political, economic and scientific institutions. The goal of the initiative is to improve the conditions for innovative activity and to develop the metropolitan region Hamburg to become one of the leading innovative regions in Europe until 2020.
The support of cluster networks constitutes an important field of action for the Hessian economic and innovation policy. Roughly 3,500 members – mainly businesses, universities, research institutions, and other actors – are active in more than 35 Hessian cluster networks.
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.
The North Rhine-Westphalian innovation strategy – aligned with its focus on lead markets of the future – aims at a timely identification of new innovation potential, further development of existing strengths, and the creation of a social climate that fosters innovation through a close network of all actors along the value chain.
The concentration of knowledge and competences in thematic and regional networks and clusters is an important instrument in Rhineland-Palatinate to optimise and accelerate innovation processes.
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.
Since the early stages of industrialisation, Saxony is an excellent location for industry and high-tech. Its research and training institutions, which were established and developed complementary to the economic strengths, allowed the formation of a critical mass of innovators for Europe-wide radiating clusters – especially in microelectronics (Silicon Saxony with its leading-edge cluster “Cool Silicon”), automotive and the supplier industry as well as in machine and plant engineering.
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.