Collective Efficiency Strategies – other clusters

Contact person 
Deolinda Silva
Innovation Agency
Do you want to share an instrument/policy or a knowledge Transfer practice? 
Innovation instrument(policy)
What are the following keywords/priorities which better fit the instrument/policy?  
R&D cooperation (joint projects, PPP with research institutes)
Indicate the country from which the instrument (or policy) is 
What is the title/name of the instrument/policy? 
Collective Efficiency Strategies – other clusters
Indicate the target group/beneficiaries of the instrument/policy 
What is the aim/objective? 
The 'Other Clusters' measure is intended to assign a 'Cluster' label to those partnerships launched by business firms and support organisations (R&D, Higher Education, vocational training organisations) sharing a common vision regarding territorial or sectoral development and for which geographic proximity is envisaged as a key factor to entice innovation.
Give an overview of the instrument 
This measure comes in the context of the Government intention to promote a clustering approach to innovation. There is also a concern with strengthening linkages among the players working in a given geographic area or industry. The OC measure is a 'companion' to the CTPs measure, but with lower ambitions. The focus is clearly sectoral and regional to benefit from geographic proximity to develop innovation projects.
What is the date of creation of this instrument? 
Monday, January 1, 2007
Is the instrument/policy still active? 
Identify the main outputs/results (quantitative and qualitative) of the implementation of this instrument 
No evaluation so far. The take up may be considered as high. Available evidence suggests a significant variance in Other Clusters performance: some seem to meet the expectations, while other do not appear to have taken-off. A call for proposals regading the carrying out of an evaluation exercise was launched in march 2012.
What is the co-financing/maximum rate allowed by the instrument/policy (if appl.)? 
Is this instrument/policy linked to a KT practice?