This year, three teams from the university prevailed in a competitive application process that saw applicants competing for funding of up to 25,000 US-dollars each. The teams commenced work with their research colleagues in Cambridge in May:
- Scalable quantum technologies enabled by hybrid integration of quantum dots onto silicon photonics (Dr. Simone Luca Portalupi: Institute of Semiconductor Optics and Functional Interfaces)
- Biomechanical cues as drivers of clonal evolution: How 3D-positioning affects cancer cell fate (Prof. Monilola Olayioye, Dr. Cristina Lungu: Institute of Cell Biology and Immunology)
- Hybrid strategies for steam restoration (Prof. Silke Wieprecht, Dr. Stefan Haun, Dr. Sebastian Schwindt: Institute for Modelling Hydraulic and Environmental Systems IWS)
The seed takes root
The University of Stuttgart has maintained a successful partnership with the MIT's International Science and Technology Initiative (MISTI) since 2015. The University of Stuttgart's and the MIT's Seed Fund program is a fundamental pillar of this partnership. Each year, the program offers joint teams from MIT and Uni Stuttgart the opportunity to collaborate during the early stages of research and to explore further research opportunities.
So far, the program has led to new collaborations between disciplines, such as electrical engineering, physics, chemistry, and computer science. The main fruits of this collaboration are joint publications, the continuation of collaborative work even after funding has ended, and the acquisition of new sources of funding for further joint projects.