The European Union's most important automation and mechatronic industries are located in central European regions. While their business dimension is intercontinental, their innovation-related services often remain local, thus slowing the transfer of research and development results into the industrial system. As a result, tech-transfer is an expensive process that often duplicates efforts and does not respond to the time-to-market requirements. The challenge is to improve the innovation-related services to accelerate the transposition of key enabling technologies (KET) from EU-funded research & central European labs into new end-user components and apps for the advanced manufacturing industries. 

NUCLEI aims to change the obsolete innovation management model from a “local-based” technology scouting approach to a transnational pool of knowledge that supports advanced manufacturing innovation beyond regional borders. 

This will increase economic interdependences among seven regions and encourage more effective transnational value chains in automotive, electrical industry, IT sector, robotic and mechanic automation. Such joint knowledge sourcing approach will help the 7 NUCLEI industrial clusters and its end-beneficiaries (corporations, SMEs, R&D performers) to generate new consortia/business deals for executing bold technological, product, and market projects. The creation of a broad and collaborative environment, initially tested by 100  companies from 7 regions, is expected to:

  • Increase linkages with innovators outside the project regions by 40-50 percent;
  • Accelerate the time-to-market of R&D concepts (from EU-funded research & central European labs to companies) by 15-20 percent; 
  • Increase R&D expenditure and patent applications by 2-3 percent of mid-term turnover.


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CRIT is a private company specialized in the research and analysis of technical and scientific information and in the development of research project activities.

CRIT is the Lead Partner of the NUCLEI Project.



ITQ GmbH is an innovative SME that supports companies in machine and plant construction during all stages of
analysis, design, implementation, test and deployment.

ITQ is the Communication Partner of  the NUCLEI Project.

t2i s.c. a r.l.

t2i – trasferimento tecnologico e innovazione

T2I is a not-profit organisation, aims at promoting an innovation oriented business culture among local manufacturing SMEs.

ASTER S. Cons. p. A. 


ASTER is the Consortium for innovation and technology transfer among the Emilia-Romagna regional government and six regional universities with the mission to implement the regional innovation strategic agenda.

BIZ-UP - OÖ Wirtschafts-
Agentur GmbH


The Mechatronics Cluster (BIZ-UP), a department of Business Upper Austria, is a cross-industry network to strengthen innovation and international competitiveness of enterprises in machinery.

Cluster Mechatronics & Automation Management gGmbH

Cluster Mechatronik CMAB

The Cluster Mechatronics & Automation Management (CMAB) is a private entity association of R&D-Institutes, Universities and Enterprises in the fields of mechatronics and automation mainly located in Bavaria.

Wroclaw University of TechnologY (PWR)

Wroclaw University of Technology

The Wroclaw University of Technology (Politechnika Wrocławska – PWR) cooperates with or is a member of 11 clusters. The main business of PWR is academic research and higher education.

Czech Technical University in Prague (RCMT)

Technical University of Prague

RCMT is the main research base for manufacturing technology in Czech Republic and national innovation coordinating center in the same field. The most important role is establishing the direct cooperation in innovations between companies and R&D sector.

Steinbeis Innovation GGmbH

Steinbeis Innovation GGmbH

The Steinbeis Innovation gGmbH (SIG) is a non profit body, part of the Steinbeis Foundation for Eco-nomic Promotion. Steinbeis was founded in 1971 and has 30 years of experience in technology transfer.

Cluster AT+R Z.p.o.

Cluster ATR

Cluster ATR main role is to provide development of R&D, training, manufacturing & supply capacities for the field of automation technologies & robotics technology to enlarge and improve the local branch profiling for the field of ATR.



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