Cooperative ventures

Universities in the Upper Rhine region conduct cutting-edge research in a wide range of disciplines. Through research and development, they generate innovative ideas and new technologies from which companies can benefit. By cooperating with a university, your company can establish valuable personal contacts while gaining access to highly specialized know-how derived from a broad range of research areas.

In order to provide you convenient access to the technology and innovation offered by the Upper Rhine Valley, the KTUR partners on both sides of the Rhine have developed thr digital information and exchange platform KTUR INNOVATION X, which bundles the region’s research skills, thus enabling a potential cooperation partner to conduct a targeted search: 

  • Discover excellence projects from the areas such as energy, medical technology, sustainable chemistry, health and wellbeing.
  • Exchange with the innovators behind the ideas and novel technologies developed in the region and find the right partners for your project.
  • Explore and share events and trainings that focus on developing innovation and entrepreneurial skills.
  • Browse through the start-up guide and find the most useful links for entrepreneurs who want to establish their start-up or connect to the neighboring countries in the Upper Rhine region, as well as tools and checklists around the topic of entrepreneurship.

Whether in the form of a direct cooperative venture or within the framework of incentive programs, the Upper Rhine university network offers a variety of services and mechanisms for cooperation. The spectrum ranges from simply establishing contacts and identifying a suitable technology all the way to discerning the correct funding form and locating project support. Regardless of the industry branch, we will find the right cooperation partner for you. If you are interested in a cooperative venture, please get in touch with the respective university’s point of contact or check out the information listed below.

University of Basel

The University of Basel has a wide range of innovative technologies in a variety of fields. The Innovation Office of the University of Basel promotes contact and exchange of ideas between researchers and industry partners by using technology as a starting point for discussion and collaboration. Initial contacts are made through the various university networks. The University of Basel is always open to discuss research cooperation and public-private partnerships, and can guide all partners in the additional funding opportunities that Switzerland offers for collaboration projects.

University of Freiburg

Campus Technologies Freiburg GmbH (CTFT), a subsidiary of the University Hospital and the University of Freiburg, offers as a patent marketing agency a wide range of services for researchers, founders, companies and investors. In the Sustainability Center Freiburg, interdisciplinary teams from the University of Freiburg and the Freiburg Fraunhofer Institutes work together and with the involvement of industry to develop marketable technologies and innovations. The DIGIHUB Südbaden is a contact point that supports small and medium-sized enterprises from the region of Südbaden in the challenges of digital transformation.

Furtwangen University

The Institute for Applied Research (IAF) supports the initiation and promotion of cooperative research projects between science and companies. The IAF supports companies in their search for scientific expertise and connects them with experts to different research topics.

At the Furtwangen University’s Innovation and Research Center (IFC), transfer projects can be developed and implemented jointly by researchers, economic and social actors. To this end, the IFC promotes the formation of networks across sectors, as well as innovation and research activities in small and medium-sized businesses, and supports the management of partnerships.

University of Applied Sciences Kaiserslautern

Are you interested in Research & Development? The Department for Business and Transfer should be your first point of contact if you are interested in Research and cooperation projects, or Research and project assignments. Our services include initiating contact between research partners, support in the search for experts and auditors, information and invitations to meetings and conventions, links to other universities in Rhineland-Palatinate via the Transfer Network of Rhineland-PalatinateTogether with the Department of Research and Project Coordination we help you to benefit from the university’s expertise, and can provide you with advice on the options for Research funding.

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

In the online technology platform „RESEARCH TO BUSINESS“ you will find more than hundred technology offers based on KIT know how, inventions, and intellectual property rights. This marketplace of innovations offers technical solutions for different fields and industries. The KIT is looking for partners from industry – from large-scale enterprises to small and medium-sized companies that, together with KIT, create innovative products from these technologies.

If you are interested in working with KIT, but don’t know who to approach, please contact us. The Entry Point Industry is the central contact point for research and innovation questions for small, medium-sized and large companies, for example on research competencies at KIT, sponsoring and advertising or recruiting.


Karlsruhe University of applied sciences

Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences is one of the largest Universities for Applied Sciences in Baden-Württemberg, offering Bachelor and Master courses in engineering disciplines, computer science, business and media. Having a strong focus on research and technology transfer, the university collaborates with enterprises both in publicly funded projects with co-financing from industry or in direct industry contracts. Besides, technology transfer especially to small and medium enterprises takes place also within transfer centers of the Steinbeis Foundations led by professors of Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences.

Université de Haute-Alsace

SATT Conectus brings together Alsatian public research laboratories and companies in order to multiply collaborations between these two worlds. Conectus detects the potential for collaboration between public research laboratories and companies, and then ensures the implementation of the partnerships formed. It invests in innovative projects by researchers to bring them to market and manages partnership contracts between public laboratories and companies.

University of applied sciences nothwestern Switzerland

With its 9 universities, the FHNW offers a wide range of technologies and innovations from various fields. The FHNW is organised in a decentralised way, the innovation services are provided by the individual institutes and can be seen directly on the institute and university pages. The universities currently have 1261 cooperation projects with industrial partners with a volume of 59 million Swiss francs. Interested partners can contact us directly here with their request and we will put them in touch with the appropriate institute.

Offenburg University of Applied Sciences

The IAF – Institute for Applied Research – is the main entry point for transfer, research and development projects at the Hochschule Offenburg. Through this institute, companies can network and dialogue with researchers at the Hochschule and develop innovative technological solutions adapted to their needs.

University of Strasburg

Conect’Labs is a unique interactive platform which presents not only the technology transfer opportunities offered by Conectus Alsace, but also the skills, research capacities and know-how of Alsatian public research laboratories.


For more information about the trinational digital exchange platform, please contact:

University of Basel Innovation Office


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