What is InterSpiN?

InterSpiN stands for internationalisation of leading-edge clusters, forward-looking projects and comparable networks. With this plan the Federal Ministry of Education and Research takes the growing need of internationalization of innovative clusters into account.

A scientifically grounded accompanying research has an essential meaning to better understand the determinants and effects of the internationalisation of leading-edge clusters, forward-looking projects and comparable networks, to analyze the internationalisation strategies on this basis and to be able to support the funding recipients with their successful realization of the planned measures.

Funded by: Federal Ministry of Education and Research

Project executing organization: Projektträger Jülich (PTJ)

Project leader and coordinator of the collaborative project:

Prof. Dr. Dirk Fornahl, Centre for Regional and Innovation Economics (CRIE)

Additional project partners:

  • Institute for the World Economy (IfW) at the University of Kiel
  • Technopolis Germany GmbH


International partners:

  • Prof. Phil Cooke, PhD, Bergen University College, Centre of Innovation
  • Prof. Martin Kenney, PhD, University of California, Davis Community and Regional Development


Term: 01.12.2015 – 30.11.2018 and 01.12.2018 – 30.11.2020