Germany is characterized by an advanced structure of highly innovative regional networks and clusters providing companies with excellent access to knowledge, technologies and value chains. Interactive research and learning processes ensure a faster diffusion of technology, including a subsequent introduction in the market.
A special quality seal is the membership in the “go-cluster“ initiative of the Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy. This initiative includes already about 100 clusters that meet stringent criteria for membership. Admission depends on the level of cooperation between industry and science. This includes the extent to which a potential member is actively dedicated to innovation. Additionally, the “go-cluster”-membership facilitates access to funds for the development of special cluster services.
Cooperative community research is also taking place in the research networks of the industry-funded “Arbeitsgemeinschaft industrieller Forschungsvereinigungen (AiF – Work Group of Industrial Research Associations).“ More than 50,000 small and medium-sized companies have organized approx. 100 consortiums and perform research projects relevant for specific spheres of technology. It facilitates the search for partners and the access to university networks and helps to overcome structure-based disadvantages of SMEs in the field of R&D.