CLUSTERS3 Interreg-funded project

Alongside nine partners from seven EU regions, the Department participated in the “Leveraging Cluster Policies for Successful Implementation of RIS3” (CLUSTERS3) Interreg Europe project. The project ended on 31 March 2020.

Clusters defined Clusters3 logo

A cluster is a group of geographically close companies or institutions which are working together, at a strategic level, to manufacture products or deliver services. Most successful clusters are composed of organisations covering the “triple helix” of business, academia and government.

Businesses cluster together because collaborating in this way provides competitive advantages (including increased productivity and better innovation), which the individual companies may not be able to obtain on their own.  


The purpose of this project was to support clusters through the improvement of policies and the performance of cluster organisations.

Local stakeholders

The Department worked with a number of local stakeholders to deliver this project, including:

  • Invest NI
  • Intertrade Ireland
  • CBI Northern Ireland
  • Centre for Advanced Sustainable Energy
  • Ulster University

European Union Regional Fund and Interreg Europe/ ERDF financial support

CLUSTERS3 was supported by European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) funds under the INTERREG Europe programme. Total funding for the programme amounted to €1.8m, with the Department receiving €190,000.

Further information

Further information on the project can be found on the CLUSTERS3 project website.

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