Knowledge Creation, Diffusion, and Use in Innovation Networks and Knowledge Clusters: A Comparative Systems Approach across the United States, Europe, and Asia

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“Competence Centers” in Germany
How Can Policymakers Support the Improved
Diffusion of Knowledge?
SUSANNE BUHRER
THE PROGRAM
Since October 1998 the Federal Ministry of Education and Science (BMBF) has been promoting six competence centers for nanotechnology (CCN). The promoted competence centers are
1. Ultrathin functional layers (CC UFS),
2. NanOp-application of nanostructures in optoelectronics (CC NanOp),
3. Construction and application of lateral nanostructures (CC NanoClub),
4. Nanotechnology: Functionality by means of chemistry (CC NanoChem),
5. Ultraprecise surface manufacturing (CC UPOB).
6. Nanoanalytics (CC Nanoanalytics).
The BMBF created the CCN in order to support the activities in the nanotechnology sector, especially for industrial application. The scheme has the following main objectives:
1. Optimal transfer of (nanotechnological) knowledge into marketable products, processes, and services.
2. Setting up a competence profile in the selected technology field which makes the location attractive and well known, at the national as well as at the international level.

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