Fraunhofer - Innovation clusters
The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft is actively working as a Innovation agency through its Innovation Clusters, which are regional structures with a global effect.Linking skills and pooling resources are the right answers to the challenges posed by globalization and the increasing dynamism of structural change. Particularly knowledge-based industries are developing very successfully in regional clusters, which facilitate knowledge exchange and generate a critical mass of complementary skills. The proximity of research organizations, investors and companies can create networks that lead to new business ideas and start-ups.
Therefore regional innovation clusters can bridge the gap between industry and scientific research. Successful clusters can stimulate the competition on the market, and at the same time create fruitful collaborations which ultimately benefit everyone involved.
The German Federal Government is promoting its High-Tech Strategy via supporting cluster initiatives. Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft has assumed the task of conceiving and implementing innovation clusters in these "Pact for Research and Innovation". The purpose of innovation clusters is to pool the strengths of a region and activate them to solve demanding tasks. In addition to industry and universities, there also are included local non-university research institutes in the networks.
The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft is contributing an impulse for the further development of regional centers of excellence through this initiative, and is supporting the regions' skills and expertise.