Free State of Thuringia
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.
So far, various business-driven clusters and networks have developed in Thuringia. While some of them have grown into stable structures over many years, others are still in the early stages of development. These structures need to be further strengthened.
The aim of Thuringia's cluster policy is, on the one hand, to promote the development of particularly efficient, innovative and supra-regionally visible clusters, particularly in the fields of specialisation and the cross-sectional field of Thuringia's innovation strategy – RIS3 Thuringia. On the other hand, it is becoming increasingly important to take cross-field and cross-cluster approaches to advancing topics, especially topics relevant to innovation. The topic-specific cross-sector cooperation of clusters is therefore of great importance for their further development, especially from an economic policy point of view.
Thuringia supports these processes, both by providing start-up funding for cluster/network organisations and by funding the targeted strategic further development of clusters and networks (‘GRW’ directive – concerning the joint task of improving the regional economic structure).
The comprehensive Thuringia Cluster Management (ThCM) organisation, which was set up at Thuringia’s state development agency (LEG) supports the clusters and networks in the fields of RIS3 Thuringia, in particular with their strategic further development, with networking and cooperation among each other as well as with the implementation of joint projects. In addition, it also supports the players involved in initiating new alliances.
(last update: June 2019)