Thanks to the many and varied research activities carried out at the University of Stuttgart, we have a longstanding tradition of cooperating with international corporations in all fields. Among them are pacesetting firms like Daimler, Bosch, or Porsche, but we also work with many small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) in the Stuttgart region and beyond.
Here are some of the many good reasons for working with a large university like ours
- Top-level research: Access subject matter experts who can consult with you and help develop a promising product idea to keep you ahead of the international competition.
- One-of-a-kind test and measurement stands: Use non-standard technical equipment for analyses and measurements that is not always readily available, at least in smaller firms. Examples include the University’s motor vehicle wind tunnel, the materials testing facility, or the super computers in our High Performance Computing Center.
- Excellent young research talent: Connect with exceptionally well-educated graduates and young scientists to keep your enterprise’s recruiting pipeline filled with crucial young talent.
There are several options for working with the University. The type of cooperation depends largely on your subject matter and its scope.
- Research cooperation: Jointly, we do the research in an area that is of strategic importance for you. Together we set down in a cooperation agreement how the results will be commercialized. As a rule, public funding is available for joint projects like this, mostly for those of a longer-term nature.
- Contract research: We do research for you on a longer-term R & D project toward a goal that you set. We consult closely with you to develop objectives, methods, and project phases that are then stipulated contractually. You are responsible to pay VAT for contract research
- Practice-related final theses or PhD dissertations: Our best-educated young scientists in the University’s institutes can help solve problems of more modest scope for you.
- Measurements, analyses and expert assessments can be prepared in a short time frame by our scientists. For this purpose, you will in most instances engage directly with one of the University’s institutes.
- You can secure licenses from us that allow you to exploit many of the technologies, processes, products or software developed in the University.
If you are interested in a cooperation with the University of Stuttgart, use the links below to quickly find someone qualified to assist you:
- Our contactUS! contact center works with prospective cooperation partners to find the appropriate subject matter expert for their projects, arrange contacts with our young researchers, organize institute visits and, in general, support your research cooperations..
- You can also consult our online research database for research topics or fill out your business profile to register with us as a prospective project partner.
- Use the institute websites to find and make direct contact with the right expert to help solve your problem.
Also, use our Large Apparatus Data Base to search for the appropriate equipment and facilities for doing your measurements and analyses as well as for taking samples and prototypes.
Often you may not have to 100-percent self-finance your innovative products and services. A number of public funding programs exist at the EU, Federal, and State level that you may be able to draw on for your research projects.
- The Central Innovation Program (ZIM) specializes in funding small and medium-sized firms without restrictions as to type of technology or industry.
- Baden-Wuerttemberg Innovation Vouchers are issued under a state program for funding businesses that are planning, developing, and redesigning products or services or improving their quality.
- Funding by the University is another possibility for financing contract and joint projects.
- Click here for more information on Federal government funding for small and medium-sized enterprises
- The Federal Government’s Funding Portal has information on funding offers and databases on current research endeavors.
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