TEER: Second funding phase of NRW Research Colleges

24/08/2020
  Copyright: Haffmann

NRW is spending 2.2 million euros each on research into future mobility and the sustainable and resource-efficient use of composite materials in construction.

The state of North Rhine-Westphalia is providing a total of eleven million euros to allow five research colleges to continue their work. In a second funding phase starting in 2021, around 2.2 million euros each will be available for a further three and a half years for the research communities launched in July 2016. In these colleges or graduate schools, doctoral students conduct interdisciplinary research on innovative and future-oriented topics, such as IT security, composite materials in the construction sector, or sustainable mobility.

Two of these colleges are funded at RWTH: These include “ACCESS!,” which will examine transformation paths to sustainable mobility, and “Verbund.NRW”, in which RWTH and Münster University of Applied Sciences are jointly focusing on composites in the construction sector. The interdisciplinary consortia combine engineering and natural sciences with the humanities and social sciences. Through collaboration between researchers from different disciplines and professionals in the field, the applicability of inventions, and their implementation in products or services is to be directly taken into account. In the colleges, the appropriate research methods are taught and further developed.

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