At TU Dortmund University research is done in an inspiring neighborhood. Two Fraunhofer institutes and one Max-Planck institute are in close proximity of the university campus and the Technologiepark.
The cooperation between the institutes and the university is contractually settled in a cooperation agreement. The professors hold chairs at the university and are appointed in cooperation with the research associations.
The two affiliated institutes, the Institute for Analytical Sciences (ISAS) and the Research Center for Working Environment and Human Factors at TU Dortmund University (IfADo) are part of the Science Association Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz.