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11.02.2013

Call for Expression of Interest

Towards European Strategic Cluster Partnerships (ESCP)

Why ESCPs?

This call is addressed to cluster and network organisations from CIP participating countries interested in intensifying cluster and network collaboration across borders and sectoral boundaries leading to "European Strategic Cluster Partnerships". These partnerships shall

(1) contribute to the emergence of new value chains that bring together in an innovative way companies from different sectors and

(2) better support SMEs in global competition. In addition, they may also

(3) offer at large scale innovative solutions to better address societal challenges, such as global warming and resource efficiency.

The rationale behind the European Strategic Cluster Partnerships is that these challenges are too big to be shouldered by individual clusters or networks alone. The earlier this is understood by cluster and network managers, the better.

Please refer to http://www.clustercollaboration.eu for further details.