Consulting and support

The cluster management project office offers project coordinators support with applying for and carrying out projects. It is the central point of contact for projects, is in constant communication with all coordinators and provides a project handbook containing templates, tips and experiences.

Projects in the Leading-Edge Cluster have certain structural features that differ from traditional funded projects. Due to the complexity and multifaceted nature of it’s OWL research projects, they pose great challenges in terms of preparation and implementation. It is the project coordinators’ job to meet these. Working closely with the project sponsor and cluster management company, they steer each project and act as its external representative.

Application advice


The strategy followed by the Leading-Edge Cluster it’s OWL aims to make the innovative leap from mechatronics to intelligent technical systems, and to accomplish this innovative leap by way of cluster projects. Because of this, new project ideas must be developed in close consultation with the cluster management company. In addition to providing application documents, the project office can also assist you with:

  •    Detailed planning
  •    Finding project partners
  •    Networking with other Leading-Edge Clusters
  •    Communicating with project sponsors

Project support


Due to the structural particularities of Leading-Edge Cluster projects, support for the duration of the project is recommended. This can help to ensure that defined objectives and milestones are met and guarantee that the project is progressing. The project office also offers support in increasing public visibility for projects and partners, as well as providing assistance with:

  • Reporting requirements
  • Publications
  • Transfer activities
  • Communicating with project sponsors

Project handbook


The it’s OWL project handbook provides a wealth of information on applying for and carrying out Leading-Edge Cluster projects. It contains relevant references to scientific and non-scientific publications, as well as to informational materials available online. The project handbook, which is available to all project partners, is continuously improved and expanded to include new topics.