Leading-Edge Cluster

Leading-Edge Cluster

Leading-Edge Cluster

Related Pages

  • The Competition

    The Leading-Edge Cluster Competition of the German federal government is a flagship of Germany’s high-tech strategy. The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) launched the competition in 2007 under the slogan "Germany's Leading-Edge Clusters - more innovation, more growth, more employment". The aim is to support clusters with the highest performance while they are making their way into the group of top global clusters. By promoting the further strategic development of excellent clusters, the transformation of regional potential for innovation into sustainable value creation is to be strengthened – thus safeguarding and creating growth and jobs as well as making Germany more attractive for innovators. During three rounds of the competition, a high-level independent jury chose five leading-edge clusters which received funding for a maximum period of five years. No demands with regard to topic were made: the candidates with the best strategies for future markets in their respective industries were selected.

  • Award for Ci3

    Ci3 was named a Leading-Edge Cluster during the third round of the competition on January 19th, 2012, bringing with it BMBF funding of up to 40 million Euros over a five-year period. This sum is complemented by private funds of at least the same amount contributed by partners involved in the project. The Ci3 Leading-Edge Cluster focuses on research and development projects on the topic of "immune intervention".

    Officially, the Ci3 Leading-Edge Cluster started on April 1st, 2012 – the key date on which the three flagship projects were approved. They focus on studying not just stratified, but also individualized vaccines for treating solid tumors, and on developing new therapies for treating celiac disease (gluten intolerance). In 2012, a total of 28 projects, most jointly organized, were approved and launched during the first phase of funding.