Innovative University (Innovative Hochschule)

Project: Projects with Federal FundingProjects with Federal Ministry Funding: BMBF

Project Details


The "Innovative University" funding initiative focuses on the third mission - alongside research and teaching - of "transfer and innovation" and is aimed in particular at small and medium-sized universities and universities of applied sciences.

In our diverse higher education landscape, new ideas, new knowledge and new technologies are created every day. The close and reciprocal exchange between universities and stakeholders from business, culture and society is therefore a significant driver of innovation. To ensure that these technological and social innovations from universities continue to be the driving force behind our prosperity and quality of life in the future, the federal and state governments have adopted the "Innovative University" initiative to promote the research-based transfer of ideas, knowledge and technology. The "Innovative University" thus contributes to turning research findings in all scientific disciplines into creative solutions for the pressing challenges of our time even more efficiently.

Universities make an important contribution to innovation in their region. On the one hand, they make knowledge available regionally through teaching and research; on the other hand, they take up ideas and concrete questions from their surroundings and develop innovative products and services with their partners. Successful transfer is therefore a two-way process. The "Innovative University" promotes the strategic development and expansion of cooperation with business and industry and other social actors, thereby strengthening the strategic role of universities in the regional innovation system.

The "Innovative University" is aimed at universities that already have a coherent strategy for their interaction with business and society as well as structures and experience in the transfer of ideas, knowledge and technology. The funding gives them the opportunity to strategically develop and implement their profile in the transfer of ideas, knowledge and technology for the entire university or selected thematic areas of the university, to optimize their transfer structures, to strengthen their networking with the regional environment, to strategically align established instruments for transfer and, in particular, to establish or expand innovative forms of cooperation with business, culture and society.
Effective start/end date01.01.2331.12.27

UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This project contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure

Research Areas and Centers

  • Centers: Center for Artificial Intelligence Luebeck (ZKIL)
  • Research Area: Intelligent Systems