Well over 3,000 scientists and researchers work at TU Dortmund University. These experts, chiefly in our engineering, natural science and cultural studies faculties, in the interdisciplinary Research Units and the practice-oriented Collaborative Research Centers and Transregios, work together with companies and external partners in many different ways. If, as a company, you have a technical question, let us put you in touch with our scientists and researchers so that you can find a solution together. This can take place in the framework of bilateral cooperation or a publicly funded research project. Examples are the “NRW Lead Market Competitions”, the “Central Innovation Program for Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs)” or the “KMU-innovativ” initiative. A large number of companies of all sizes and from all sectors are already profiting from cooperation with TU Dortmund University.
The Center for Entrepreneurship & Transfer (CET) can help you to find research partners and funding programs.
The funding period of the “NRW Operational Program for the Support of Investment in Growth and Employment from the European Regional Development Fund” (OP ERDF NRW 2014-2020) has been successful. An integral part of this program are the state government’s lead market competitions. In the first round of the competition in the eight lead markets, over 800 project outlines were submitted within 16 closing dates. 225 collaborative projects with 850 partners from research and business were invited to submit a full proposal. Most projects started in 2016, others followed in the spring of 2017.
Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are pioneers of technological progress in many fields. The “KMU-innovativ” initiative of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research funds top-class research in such companies.
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Location & approach
The campus of TU Dortmund University is located close to interstate junction Dortmund West, where the Sauerlandlinie A 45 (Frankfurt-Dortmund) crosses the Ruhrschnellweg B 1 / A 40. The best interstate exit to take from A 45 is “Dortmund-Eichlinghofen” (closer to South Campus), and from B 1 / A 40 “Dortmund-Dorstfeld” (closer to North Campus). Signs for the university are located at both exits. Also, there is a new exit before you pass over the B 1-bridge leading into Dortmund.
To get from North Campus to South Campus by car, there is the connection via Vogelpothsweg/Baroper Straße. We recommend you leave your car on one of the parking lots at North Campus and use the H-Bahn (suspended monorail system), which conveniently connects the two campuses.
TU Dortmund University has its own train station (“Dortmund Universität”). From there, suburban trains (S-Bahn) leave for Dortmund main station (“Dortmund Hauptbahnhof”) and Düsseldorf main station via the “Düsseldorf Airport Train Station” (take S-Bahn number 1, which leaves every 15 or 30 minutes). The university is easily reached from Bochum, Essen, Mülheim an der Ruhr and Duisburg.
You can also take the bus or subway train from Dortmund city to the university: From Dortmund main station, you can take any train bound for the Station “Stadtgarten”, usually lines U41, U45, U 47 and U49. At “Stadtgarten” you switch trains and get on line U42 towards “Hombruch”. Look out for the Station “An der Palmweide”. From the bus stop just across the road, busses bound for TU Dortmund University leave every ten minutes (445, 447 and 462). Another option is to take the subway routes U41, U45, U47 and U49 from Dortmund main station to the stop “Dortmund Kampstraße”. From there, take U43 or U44 to the stop “Dortmund Wittener Straße”. Switch to bus line 447 and get off at “Dortmund Universität S”.
The AirportExpress is a fast and convenient means of transport from Dortmund Airport (DTM) to Dortmund Central Station, taking you there in little more than 20 minutes. From Dortmund Central Station, you can continue to the university campus by interurban railway (S-Bahn). A larger range of international flight connections is offered at Düsseldorf Airport (DUS), which is about 60 kilometres away and can be directly reached by S-Bahn from the university station.
The H-Bahn is one of the hallmarks of TU Dortmund University. There are two stations on North Campus. One (“Dortmund Universität S”) is directly located at the suburban train stop, which connects the university directly with the city of Dortmund and the rest of the Ruhr Area. Also from this station, there are connections to the “Technologiepark” and (via South Campus) Eichlinghofen. The other station is located at the dining hall at North Campus and offers a direct connection to South Campus every five minutes.
The facilities of TU Dortmund University are spread over two campuses, the larger Campus North and the smaller Campus South. Additionally, some areas of the university are located in the adjacent “Technologiepark”.