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Knowledge-axis Limburg

Title of measure
Full title in national language:
Kennis-as Limburg
2010 to 2020
Policy objectives Plus
2.1. R&D cooperation projects between academy and industry
5.1. Cluster development
Presentation of the measure:

The strategic programme Kennis-as Limburg is a ten-year programme that was set up by the knowledge institutes in the province of Limburg (University Maastricht, Maastricht UMC+, Zuyd Hogeschool). It aims at stimulating the economic and societal structure in Limburg, enhanced by the strength of collaborative knowledge development.

In the programme, the knowledge institutes work together with different parties such as the Brightland campuses in a triple-helix partnership. The programme also corresponds with the Brainport2020 agenda by the Brainport Region (Noord-Brabant) and the topsector policy by the Dutch government.

The main parts of the programme are:

  1. A vital society
  2. University Maastricht and Maastricht UMC+ as healthy and strong growth engines.
  3. The campus initiatives:  Maastricht Health Campus, the Chemelot campus in Sittard-Geleen and Greenport Venlo.


Budget, source and type of funding
National public funds €10000000€10000000€10000000€10000000€10000000€10000000€10000000€10000000€10000000€10000000
Regional public funds €18000000€18000000€18000000€18000000€18000000€18000000€18000000€18000000€18000000€18000000
EU Structural Funds
Private funds €14000000€14000000€14000000€14000000€14000000€14000000€14000000€14000000€14000000€14000000
Form of funding provided
Policy learning
To what extent the measure can be considered as a success and worthy of policy learning?:
It is too early to judge the success of the measure (e.g results of first call for proposals still not known).
Evidence of outcomes based on evaluation and other evidence:

No evaluations available.

What are the most important “Do’s and Don’ts” that regional stakeholders should be aware of when launching a similar measure?:

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