Leading-Edge Cluster Competition

a programme of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)

The Leading-Edge Cluster Competition intends to strategically expand the technological competence of regional partners from science and industry and implement this competence in internationally competitive innovations. The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) launched the competition in the summer of 2007. The second round of competition started in January 2009.

The competition is not tied to any particular sector or research direction. By boosting interaction and cooperation, it aims to encourage partners to exploit the potentials generated by their cooperation even better in future. In clusters, there is a particularly high concentration of scientific and entrepreneurial know-how for making technologies ready for the market and making the stakeholders even more competitive. At the same time, they make the region – nationally and internationally – attractive for talented participants and investors. In three rounds of competition at intervals of one to one-and-one-half years, up to 15 leading-edge clusters can receive funding. In the Leading-Edge Cluster Competition, a total of up to € 600 million in funding is available.


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