Created: 14 March 2011

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Many countries have developed cluster and network policies to enhance the impact of research and innovation policies. Clusters and networks provide governments with a strategic opportunity to address social and economic challenges through innovation support programs. In this regard, cluster excellence matters for many reasons: It contributes to more prosperity in regions, better competitiveness for enterprises and more return on investment for investors. Cluster management excellence is one of the most promising approaches to increase the contribution of clusters to development.

Purpose of this project is to promote cluster management excellence and mutual learning by comparing both cluster organizations and cluster support programs from Denmark, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Poland, Norway and Sweden in a benchmarking exercise. The project was initiated by the Danish Agency for Science, Technology and Innovation (DASTI), the Nordic Innovation Centre (NICe) and the Nordic Council of Ministers.

The following ministries and innovation agencies from the Nordic Countries, Germany and Poland participate in the project:

„NGPExcellence clusters – Cluster excellence

in the Nordic Countries, Germany and Poland”


  • Bayerisches Staatsministerium für Wirtschaft, Infrastruktur, Verkehr und Technologie - Bavaria
  • Videnskabsministeriet, The Danish Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (VTU - DASTI) - Denmark
  • Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Technologie (BMWi)  - Germany
  • VDI/VDE – IT, Agency Kompetenznetze Deutschland - Niemcy
  • RANNIS (The Icelandic Centre for Research) - Iceland
  • Norges Forskningsråd, The Research Council of Norway - Norway
  • Innovasjon Norge  - Norway
  • VINNOVA (The Swedish Agency for Innovation)  - Sweden
  • Tillväxtverket (The Swedish Agency for Growth)  - Sweden
  • TEKES (Suomi) - Finland
  • The Nordic Innovation Center  - Nordic innovation institution 
  • The Nordic Council of Ministers
  • Polish Agency for Enterprise Development (PARP)


Project is divided in two components:

  • benchmarking of cluster policies developed in 7 countries listed above,
  • benchmarking of almost 200 clusters located in the mentioned countries.


Benchmarking methodology was prepared by the Agency Kompetenznetze Deutschland.


The project results planned:

  • general report on benchmarking of cluster policies in 7 countries,
  • general report on the state of cluster development in Europe,
  • individual reports for each cluster manager participating in the project (not published),
  • conference on 26-27th May 2011 in Copenhagen, organized by project partners, planned for about 300 cluster representatives, about 100 policy makers from European Union countries and European Commission,
  • 10 workshops for policy makers and for cluster managers on different topics,
  • cluster competition on the most interesting success story described by cluster managers. The prize, 10.000 Euro is funded by the Danish Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation,
  • the guidebook on 25-30 most interesting success stories selected by Steering Committee of the project.


General reports will be available on the Innovation Portal in electronic version in Polish and English.


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The IASP is the worldwide network of Science and Technology Parks. We connect Science Park professionals from across the globe and provide services that drive growth and effectiveness for our members. IASP's members enhance the competitiveness of companies and entrepreneurs of their cities and regions, and contribute to global economic development through innovation, entrepreneurship, and the transfer of knowledge and technology.

PARP is an IASP associated member since 2008. IASP membership has an impact on increasing the effectiveness of projects organized by PARP. We can also easily get to know different support actions implemented a pro-entrepreneurial institutions in the world.


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Since 2008 PAED is a member of the “European Network of Innovation Agencies” association (TAFTIE). Major objective of the network is to make contribution to strengthening European R&D and innovation landscape as well as to support participation of entrepreneurs in transnational and international research projects.

PAED is actively involved in implementation of joint TAFTIE activities and has official representatives in the Board and Executive Working Group. Experts from PAED have been appointed to work in Task Forces (TF) specialized in specific issues interesting to all members. TFs are intended to deepen collaboration between members, extend TAFTIE activities and undertake actions aimed at developing a favourable milieu for RDI in Europe.

An example of current jointly implemented projects is TAFTIE Academy, offering a system of exchanging expertise and good practices through trainings on innovation related issues.


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The major objective of TACTICS (Transnational Alliance for Clusters Towards Improved Cooperation Support) is to exploit collaboration of acknowledged national and regional organizations implementing cluster support measures, to foster development of European world-class clusters through preparing specific policy recommendations and proposing concrete practical tools (i.e. cluster policy measures and actions). The project intends to re-launch the European Cluster Alliance (ECA) and use it as an instrument for preparing, testing and promoting a new cluster policy on European level.

Project goals include enlargement of ECA, transforming it into a cluster policy focal point and raising its importance as a partner in the process of planning and implementing new cluster support measures on European level. Another important objective is to include cluster related issues into flagship initiatives of Europe 2020 (especially Innovation Union) and future innovation policy strategies on EU and member state levels (e.g. regional smart specialization strategies).

Project partners plan to develop new operational mechanisms supporting transnational and international cluster collaboration and increase visibility of European clusters in order to attract foreign investors. TACTICS project is intended to better use of existing knowledge and available instruments through active collaboration with organizations involved in other projects under INNOVA and PRO INNO EUROPE initiatives with the objective to foster development of clusters and innovative enterprises (e.g. BSR Stars/StarDust, INTERREG,  Regions of Knowledge, ERA-Nets, etc.).

During the project, a series of activities will be implemented in order to propose improved and better coordinated approach to supporting clusters and cluster organizations through programmes and other  support measures. This will include working out proposals of concrete actions to be launched at EU level. Project activities include, inter alia, establishing a Reflection Group, providing a dedicated secretariat for ECA, developing a “Preparing for internationalization” joint programme, preparing a joint cluster promotion plan, implementing joint policy actions (e.g. new Innovation Express call), drawing up reports for the EC with recommendations on cluster policy and concrete support measures.  


The project work has been divided into 6 Task Forces (TF) given below:

TF#1: Fostering international cluster cooperation
TF#2: Channelling RDI funding through excellent cluster organizations
TF#3: User-driven excellent clusters
TF#4: Supporting cluster marketing and branding
TF#5: Evaluating cluster excellence
TF#6: Using excellent clusters to address emerging industries including innovative services


Project duration: 01/09/2009 – 31/08/2011 (36 months)

Partners: international consortium consisting of 7 organizations: PAED (Poland), Oseo Innovation (France), Vinnova (Sweden), Veneto Innovazione (Italy), TMG (Austria), NWDA (UK), IWT (Belgium), 2 associated partners: Sophia Antipolis Foundation (France) and Clusterland Oberoesterreich GmbH (Austria).

Budget: €2.62 m in total with €2.47 m from EC

Funding: from the European Commission under the Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme (CIP) with small co-funding of 6% from the partners.