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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.

Brandenburg is enjoying great success with "Joint Labs" – a special cooperation model between universities and non-university research institutions. Brandenburg is also extremely well represented in the Leibniz Research Alliances, for example as the coordinator of the "Sustainable Food Production and Healthy Nutrition" alliance at the Leibniz Institute for Agricultural Engineering and Bioeconomy (ATB) and the coordinator of the "Historical Authenticity" alliance at the Centre for Contemporary History (ZZF) in Potsdam. It also participates significantly in numerous other collaborative endeavours.

In order to strengthen the position of the European semiconductor and electronics industry in global competition, two institutes of the Leibniz Association, including the Leibniz Institute for Innovations for High Performance Microelectronics (IHP) in Frankfurt (Oder), together with eleven institutes of the Fraunhofer Group for Microelectronics, have developed a concept for a cross-location research factory for microelectronics in Germany. The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) funds the necessary investments.

As part of the Fraunhofer cooperation program with universities of applied sciences, the Polymer Materials and Composites Division (PYCO) of the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Polymer Research (IAP) is strengthening its cooperation with TH Wildau. The joint W2 professorship that was established for this purpose leads the Fraunhofer research group in the field of thermosets in lightweight construction, in order to tap common potential for the innovation process.

The federal state of Brandenburg supports the "Integration of Biological and Physical-Chemical Material Functions" Fraunhofer High Performance Center, which is jointly coordinated by the Fraunhofer institutes for Applied Polymer Research (IAP) and for Cell Therapy and Immunology, within the Bioanalytics and Bioprocesses branch (IZI-BB). It pursues the goal of bundling scientific competencies in the field of materials research from various scientific organizations and thus aims to help strengthen research and industry in the Brandenburg-Berlin region – and in turn to strengthen the economy as well.

The federal state of Brandenburg relies on strong application-oriented research with sustainable further development in the ecosystem of the Brandenburg universities. It currently supports three project groups (one in the field of microbiology at the Cottbus site and two in the field of biotechnology at the Senftenberg site), which were established here together with the project groups of the Fraunhofer Society. Another Fraunhofer project group in the field of cognitive technologies is to be established at the Cottbus site from 2019.

Together with IPMS-ISS (Integrated Silicon Systems division of the Fraunhofer Institute for Photonic Microsystems [IPMS] in Dresden), the Brandenburg University of Technology and other partners, the IHP develops concepts for research and development in the field of microelectronics in order to introduce new ideas in the Lusatia region.

The "Innovation Initiative Agriculture 4.0”, which was launched by Leibniz's "Food & Nutrition" Research Alliance, involves the Leibniz Institutes of Agricultural Engineering and Bioeconomy (ATB), for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF), of Innovations for High Performance Microelectronics (IHP) and of Vegetable and Ornamental Crops (IGZ) as well as other partners (including DIfE and PIK). It prepares research proposals for collaborative projects, which seek to address issues such as the opportunities and risks of digitised agricultural production in the future, the conservation of resources and the environment, value chains and the relevance of consumer decisions.

The Centre for Innovation Competence (innoFSPEC) in Potsdam (AIP and UP), which the BMBF decided to fund for a further five years in 2015, aims to become a leading international centre in this field by undertaking excellent foundational research and developing innovative technological solutions for fibre sensors and multichannel spectroscopy.

Through the ‘GRW’ (the joint task of improving the regional economic structure) initiated by the Federal Government and the Länder, GRW networks comprising companies as well as scientific institutions are specifically promoted in order to expand research and development competence in the individual clusters/industries. Regional priorities and smart specialisation have a high priority for the federal state of Brandenburg and they are implemented across the Länder, within the framework of the Joint Innovation Strategy Berlin-Brandenburg (innoBB). The focus here is on the further development of the following five clusters, which are considered particularly relevant for the entire region: Health Research/Energy Technology/Transport, Mobility and Logistics/Information and Communications Technology, Media and the Creative Industries/Optics and Photonics. The potential of the four clusters specific to Brandenburg (food industry, plastics and chemicals, metal and tourism) is also being tapped (innoBB plus). The implementation of innoBB plus is mainly being funded by the ERDF, as part of the "Innovation" priority of the 2014–2020 Operational Programme.

(last update: June 2019)