The TU Darmstadt sees the industrial and societal transfer of knowledge and technology as one of its core tasks. In addition to an abundance of partially bilaterally and partially federally funded projects, successful, established transfer elements include, in particular, numerous cooperations with companies in the context of strategic partnerships and cooperative laboratories. Also highly effective are structured IP exploitation and the alumni network and the broad range of activities of the Association of Friends of TU Darmstadt e.V.
TU Darmstadt offers further potential for establishing even more intensified transfer activities.
Here, an important element is a more precise definition of profiles, processes and regulations. To intensify cooperation with non-university research institutions, established cooperation with Fraunhofer Institutes will be supplemented by new bridges to Max Planck and Helmholtz facilities.
In addition to new cooperative concepts with small and medium-sized companies, the development of a transparent transfer profile will promote cooperation with companies. Of significance here is a systematisation of offers with binding rules and regulations for the design of cooperative relationships and measures for the sustainable safeguarding of transfer-relevant know-how in the different departments and areas of expertise.
This sharpening of the portfolio of offers and cooperative profile also serves to improve the communication of transfer success in business, politics and society through effective new strategies and tools.
Based on the increased visibility of the transfer profile and its successes, of at least equal significance is that an acceleration of expansion of the alumni network and its activities will be achieved and a high-performance scholarship and fundraising system developed.