New “Calls for Transfer” funding initiative supports transfer projects at Hamburg’s universities

The “Calls for Transfer” (C4T) programme launched at the beginning of June and managed by Hamburg University of Technology is already supporting research projects whose results will shape tomorrow’s world.

Funded by Hamburg’s Ministry for Science, Research and Equality (BWFG), the C4T funding format’s goal is to strengthen over time research-generated ideas, inventions and commercially viable concepts that are relevant for transfer. The format is intended to support, expand and develop such projects at Hamburg’s public universities, smoothing the path to the direct practical application of creative solutions. At the same time the support encourages implementation-oriented further development that might otherwise not be possible.

Dr Eva Gümbel, State Secretary for Science, Research and Equality: “Hamburg’s future lies in research and innovation plus good cooperation between research and industry. Successfully transferring research innovations to society is crucial here. We already have lots of smart people and good ideas in Hamburg. The new funding programme is designed to make it easier for technological development, innovative products and new start-up ideas to make the leap from universities to the economy. Close cooperation with Hamburg Innovation GmbH is a major advantage here when it comes to the practical implementation of ideas. Our whole society will benefit.”

The programme’s pilot phase has already seen 56 proposals by future-oriented and inventive projects. Of these, 16 highly innovative projects have been chosen to receive immediate financial support of up to €30,000. The key to the format is that the funding can be applied flexibly as regards content and form – as long as the relevance to technology transfer or innovation is apparent – meaning it can be used for staff or equipment, or for other needs. Additionally, researchers have the support of Hamburg Innovation (HI) as project coordinator. As a longstanding manager of the interface between research and industry, HI is not only skilled in meeting all the challenges of knowledge and technology transfer but can bring in a variety of fitting partners. Support and profound know-how thus go hand in hand in the C4T format.

The format shows how wide-ranging the innovative ideas are that Hamburg’s researchers are generating. The projects submitted intensively address a variety of societal issues such as sustainable production, medical issues or digitalisation. As well as these scientific and technological approaches, proposals also tackle questions of cultural and social responsibility. All the chosen projects – whether on plastic recycling, using drones to explore vertical structures or sustainable care for the elderly – are researching solutions to complex topics that are relevant now and in the near future could even be fundamentally important. The question “How do we want to live in the future?” is reflected in all the proposals. It is just as characteristic of projects dealing with sustainable vegetable oil, X-ray spectroscopy or volcanic eruptions as ones stimulating the ideas and entrepreneurial spirit of arts students. Common to all is their potential to generate sustainable change: “Calls for Transfer” transfers important stimuli and insights from the universities to the economy so as to play an active role in shaping the society of tomorrow.

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Anke Kayser
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