Networks and Clusters
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Over the last few years, the Federal Government has initiated a series of projects which aim to create networks and clusters that promote new technologies. They involve both industrial and academic institutions in their research and development activities.
One key aim of these bodies is to accelerate the process of making new technology products marketable. Networks and clusters are arranged with respect to
- regional representation
- research topics
- specific application areas and future markets
Clusterplattform Deutschland is a joint information portal of the BMWi and the BMBF. The website offers an overview of support measures and events for research clusters and facilitates access to the individual initiatives.
Example: Innovation Alliance on Lithium-Ion Battery LIB 2015
The Innovation Alliance on Lithium-Ion Battery LIB 2015 consists of some 60 project partners from politics, industry, science and research and is supported by the Federal Government. 15% of the research project is financed by the Federal Government (60 million euros) and 85% by the consortium of BASF, BOSCH, EVONIK, LiTec and Volkswagen (360 million euros). It is an example of how government incentives can advance research and development. The framework of networks and clusters also strengthens the country’s contribution to international research cooperation.
Research activities are conducted in a variety of fields – for example, engineering, biotechnology, energy and environment, chemistry and nanotechnology.
Statistics on the total budget are not available. Public funding is provided as seed capital to form networks and clusters and support research projects on condition that industry and private investors share the financial costs.
Both the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi) support these types of associations with different programmes and competitions such as the following: