A core element of the High-Tech Strategy for Germany is the building of bridges between science and business: to safeguard growth and employment, research results having innovation potential must be recognised and quickly and successfully brought to market. At the same time, research matters of relevance for the future must be formulated and solutions found.
Germany occupies a strong position in global competition. This is due not least to the excellent ideas of its research scientists and the innovative capacity of its companies. However, the answers to the major social and economic challenges can be found only by science and industry together - through content-related and regional partnerships in which energy is bundled and strengths are boosted. The Federal Ministry of Education and Research was quick to recognise the potential of such clusters and is promoting this potential with the Leading-Edge Cluster Competition which addresses all industries and research areas in its thematic openness.
Clusters have great potential. They generate enormous synergies through the exchange of knowledge across the boundaries of institutions, disciplines and technologies. Personal contacts as well as content-related and regional proximity in clusters accelerate technological development as well as the path to market maturity - turning ideas into internationally competitive products, technologies and services "Invented in Germany". Clusters are particularly suitable for long-term research strategies and the development of international partnerships. They offer ideal conditions for promoting young talent and starting up new companies.
Up to five winners per round of the competition are funded by the Ministry for a period of five years in the implementation of their strategies. There will be a total of three rounds - with up to 200 million euros per round. Two rounds have already been successfully completed.
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