CluStrat New Cluster Concepts for Central Europe


Maintaining and improving the competitiveness of clusters in the CENTRAL EUROPE area – this is the core objective of CluStrat. The strategic project convenes partners from Austria, the Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Slovenia, Slovakia and Ukraine. In CluStrat, they have joined forces to develop and test new policy approaches to upgrade the innovation capacity of clusters. As a result, a joint strategy for CENTRAL EUROPE will be adopted on

  • promoting the anticipation and exploitation of changing market demands as a consequence of societal challenges such as climate or demographic change through clusters (Emerging Industries)
  • fostering the inclusion of cross-cutting issues such as internationalization, technology transfer and gender in innovation in clusters (Cross-Cutting Issues)

CluStrat is implemented through the CENTRAL EUROPE Programme co-financed by the ERDF.

CluStrat was called for and approved within the recent strategic call for project proposals in the CENTRAL EUROPE Programme 2007 - 2013. It is implemented within the funding priority "Innovation" and the area of intervention "Enhancing Framework Conditions for Innovation" of the programme. The project receives up to 2.946 million EURO from the European Regional Development Fund.

The strategic project convenes 18 partners and 7 associated institutions from across CENTRAL EUROPE (Austria, the Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Slovenia, Slovakia and Ukraine). CluStrat is co-ordinated by Steinbeis-Europa-Zentrum (Germany), in close collaboration and with financial support from the Ministry of Finance and Economics Baden-Württemberg.

Project type
  • Interdisciplinary / cross-thematic
Country of the coordinating institution
Contact details
Phone: +49 711 123 4010
Fax:+49 711 123 4011
Address:Steinbeis-Europa-Zentrum der Steinbeis Innovation gGmbH Haus der Wirtschaft Willi-Bleicher-Str. 19, D-70174 Stuttgart
Geographical focus
  • WBC
Scientifc field / Thematic focus
  • Cross-thematic/Interdisciplinary
October 2011 - September 2014

Entry created by Ivan Zupan on April 7, 2014
Modified on April 11, 2014