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Online Catalogue of research based industrial clusters in the Black Sea Region LAUNCHED

The Black Sea Horizon Project is very pleased to announce the launch of the final online catalogue of research-based industrial clusters in the EU Black Sea countries, promoted through an online database that lists and details a set of 30 research based industrial clusters from the region. The 30 industrial clusters in the Black Sea region were selected according to their research-oriented purposes and activities. Various sources and criteria were tested in order to obtain this list.

  • Posted on: 18.12.2017
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Contact: Francisco Rocha,

The online catalogue can be accessed through the following link:

The selection of relevant research based industrial clusters to be included in the online database was developed taking into consideration the following criteria:

  • Cluster that is active in national and international networks/relevant association;
  • Cluster that has a cluster label;
  • Cluster that is active in developing activities such as events, missions and relevant studies;
  • Cluster that has activities related with R&D;
  • Cluster that shows some evidence of participation in H2020 – this can include proposals (as partner, leader, subcontracted), participation in events concerning the programme, training actions, among others;
  • Clusters that show some evidence of participation in national funding projects (from their respective country).

The criteria listed above is considered as a positive indicator of research-focused clusters. In order to clusters be selected for the research online database, it is not mandatory that all the criteria are fulfilled by the clusters. Within this context, the 30 selected clusters fulfil some of the above listed criteria.

In addition, the database established tries to cover all the different countries from the Black Sea Region and that are part of the BSH consortium:

  • Armenia
  • Azerbaijan
  • Bulgaria
  • Georgia
  • Romania
  • Russia
  • Turkey
  • Ukraine

Thus, cluster networks were also considered for inclusion in the database due to their relevance to the cluster development framework in the region. Taking into account the desk research process developed under the project, the database does not include clusters from Armenia and Azerbaijan, as the concept of cluster actions is still emerging in these countries. In addition, clusters from Ukraine are considered in the database, although they might not be as developed and formalised as compared with clusters in Romania for example. Through the analysis developed on the online catalogue, it is relevant to note that a major proportion of the selected clusters had their origin and base of operation in Romania and Bulgaria.

Should you have any further questions or suggestions for further inclusion of Black Sea region clusters in the online database, please do not hesitate to contact Mr. Francisco Rocha at

Scientific field: Cluster / General | Related Topics: BLACK SEA HORIZON | Geographical focus: Black Sea Region