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Source: Federal Ministry of Education and Research

17.11.2020Press release: 176/2020

Clusters4Future: The big competition for the innovation networks of the future goes into the second round

The Clusters4Future competition is entering the second round. The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) is thus promoting the development of regional innovation networks, in which the federal government will invest a total of up to 450 million euros over the next ten years. Applications are possible until mid-February. Federal Research Minister Anja Karliczek explains: “Germany should remain the successful innovation country that it is in the future! To do this, we need innovation-friendly framework conditions in the regions that strengthen the transfer of innovative ideas from research into practice. Our Clusters4Future competition focuses on the diverse regional innovation potentials and promotes powerful networks from science, business and society. These partnerships are established locally and accelerate the transfer of fundamental research results into practice: This then leads to innovative products and services. This is an essential factor for economic growth, prosperity and quality of life. An impressive, current example of the innovative strength that lies in our country is the biotechnology company BioNTech from Mainz, which due to its very successful vaccine development against Covid-19 in the world everyone is talking about. We are currently supporting BioNTech for vaccine development with 375 million euros. But my company has supported this company right from the start. BioNTech is also a partner of a strong regional innovation network in the Rhine-Main region – the leading-edge cluster CI3 – and was able to fall back on the structures of this network, particularly in its development phase Society is brought together in regional alliances, meaningful innovation structures emerge, which – as the example of BioNTech shows – can gain worldwide importance. I am very pleased that we are consistently continuing the path we have taken with the second round of competition of Clusters4Future – for innovations and development in Germany. ”Background: The experience from the federal government’s longstanding cluster policy shows that regional innovation networks strengthen Germany’s position in the top group of global innovation locations in a variety of ways and improve people’s quality of life in a sustainable manner. It is crucial that innovation processes are set in motion at an early stage and that the transfer of excellent research results is more successful. The future clusters as the new generation of regional innovation networks are intended to bundle the competencies and knowledge in a region even better with courage, creativity and new forms of cooperation, for example through more freedom for innovation and participation formats, courageous business models or pioneering solutions in the creative economy ) is explicitly designed as a technology-open competition. As a central element of the Federal Government’s High-Tech Strategy 2025, the regional innovation networks make a special contribution to knowledge and technology transfer. The Federal Government intends to provide up to 450 million euros for future clusters over the next ten years. If you add the expected mobilized private money, more than one billion euros can be activated for the regional innovation networks in Germany. Until February 16, 2021, scientists with excellent results from basic research can again submit competition sketches for a conception phase in the Submit a future cluster initiative (Clusters4Future). A competition round starts with a six-month concept phase. The future clusters are then selected from the best concepts. These can implement their concepts in up to three implementation phases over three years each. Up to seven innovation networks are to be funded for each funding round, with funding of up to five million euros per cluster and year.


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