Knowledge Transfer Upper Rhine

Trinational partnership connecting public research and industry

A lively exchange between science and business is the key to the successful economic development of a region. The targeted use of research output from universities by the industry creates unique innovations and solutions which benefit society.

The Upper Rhine metropolitan region in the border triangle of Germany, France and Switzerland has outstanding innovation potential. In addition to a large number of companies and start-ups, numerous universities are at home here and conduct top-level research in a wide range of disciplines. Thousands of clever minds generate high-quality fundamental research and innovative applications every day along the Upper Rhine. Research provides companies in the region with a variety of excellent results and findings, which they can use for production and value creation.

To ensure that existing knowledge and potential solutions do not remain unused, six universities and six universities of applied sciences from the Upper Rhine Valley established a cross-border network with trade associations and companies. Through regular exchange, the partners share their knowledge and expertise and jointly develop trinational structures and activities. The aim is to bring academic research and business in the region closer together in order to accelerate the transfer of knowledge and technology and to learn even more from and with each other. In this way, it will be possible to enable short innovation cycles and to exploit synergies for the entire Upper Rhine region.

What is Knowledge and Technology Transfer ?

Knowledge and Technology Transfer (KTT) is a reciprocal, interactive process between the university and its representatives and society as a whole. Society includes citizens, industry, culture and politics. The KTUR network with its twelve institutions of higher education from Germany, France and Switzerland opens up regional knowledge and technology transfer across borders. The large number of partners with their different focuses results in a range of expertise that is second to none. At the same time, the locations in three countries open up new perspectives and cooperation opportunities. This particular diversity and internationality characterizes KTUR and offers valuable opportunities for the exchange, further development and application of new knowledge at the interface of science, economy and society.


Are you looking for a technological solution to implement an innovative idea or improve your product? Benefit from scientific results and know-how of the universities in the Upper Rhine region.

Cooperations Industry Academia

Continuing education

Continuing education increases motivation and job satisfaction and makes you fit for new professional requirements. The university partners offer a wide range of different measures for academic continuing education.

Starting a business

You are a student, graduate or research assistant at a university on the Upper Rhine and aim to become independent with your business idea? Or you have already successfully founded your own business and want to give it a new boost? The university partners maintain their own “spin-off communities” and intend to link them up more closely in the near future. In addition, joint trinational offers for founders are to be created.

Starting a business

Innovation Events

Innovation events of the regional universities provide an overview of inventions and new ideas from science. At these events, you have the opportunity to find out about the latest developments in research and innovation in the Upper Rhine region and to network with potential cooperation partners.

about the project

The EU project Knowledge Transfer Upper Rhine (KTUR), launched in autumn 2019, marked the start of a systematic cooperation between Upper Rhine universities, research institutions, trade associations and companies in the field of knowledge and technology transfer. Within the framework of the INTERREG V Upper Rhine funding programme, the EU will support KTUR with 1.6 million euros over the next three years. The project is coordinated by the Karlsruher Institute of Technology.


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