REGIO - A mapping of the origin and success of cooperative relationships in regional research networks and innovation clusters

Science is affected by local interaction:

Participants tend to cooperate with their neighborhood, where neighborhood can refer both to regional nearness and proximity in other dimensions.

The goal of the BMBF research project REGIO is to accomplish a better understanding of the impact of geographic and thematic proximity on the genesis and the success of interaction in science and R&D.

The leading hypothesis is that the occurrence of research associations and successful regional innovation clusters implies the cumulation of scientific expertise in a geographic region.

Which attributes and constellations of protagonists contribute to the occurrence and success of cooperation?