In February 2012 the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research announced the “it's OWL” high-tech strategy as one of the winners of its Leading-Edge Cluster competition. With this competition the Federal Ministry of Education and Research promotes the best technology clusters from industry and science. Between 2007 and 2012 three competition rounds were held, and 15 Leading-Edge Clusters were selected from 83 participants. Each cluster receives funding for five years.
“it's OWL”, the Intelligent Technical System Leading-Edge Cluster, is the trade mark of the Eastern Westphalia-Lippe technology region. The Federal Ministry of Education and Research is making 40 million euros available for the development of new technologies in the area of production engineering and machine construction. Additional funding to the tune of 60 million euros is provided by the cluster partners. The OWL Leading-Edge Cluster benefits from collaboration between 174 companies, universities, research facilities and organisations. more