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Collaboration and Research Transfer

Well over 3,000 scientists and researchers work at TU Dortmund University. These experts,  particularly in our engineering, natural science and cultural studies departments as well as our interdisciplinary research groups and practice-oriented Collaborative Research Centers and Transregios, work together with companies and external partners in many different ways. If your company has a technical question, we can put you in touch with our researchers and find a solution together. This can take place within the framework of bilateral cooperation or a publicly funded research project, for example the “NRW Lead Market Competitions”, the “Central Innovation Program for SMEs” (ZIM) or the “KMU-innovativ” program that fosters innovation in small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Many companies of all sizes and from all sectors are already profiting from collaboration with TU Dortmund University.

The Center for Entrepreneurship & Transfer (CET) can help you to find research partners and funding programs.

The new funding period (2014-2020) of the Operational Program for the Promotion of Investments in Growth and Employment for North Rhine-Westphalia from the European Regional Development Fund (OP EFRE NRW) has gathered pace. Integral to this problem are lead market competitions organized by the regional government. In the first round of competitions in NRW’s eight lead markets, over 800 draft project proposals were submitted within 16 submission deadlines. 225 joint projects with 850 partners from research and business were invited to submit full proposals. Most projects were launched in 2016, others followed in early 2017.

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Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are the trailblazers of technological progress in many areas. With its “KMU-innovativ” funding initiative, Germany’s Federal Ministry of Education and Research supports leading-edge research in German SMEs.

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The aim of this program is to foster companies’ innovation capacity and competitiveness over the long term and in doing so contribute to corporate growth, along with the creation and safeguarding of jobs.

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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”.

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