Actors in science and industry must work together more closely in order to turn top results from research into marketable top products, to support top young scientists and also to receive impulse from industry for new research projects.
The Helmholtz Association's mission is to combine research and technology development with innovative application and precautionary perspectives to contribute to the design of the future and Germany as a location for science. This also includes permanent exchange with industry in all the stages of research and the production of knowledge. In practice, in the short and medium term companies benefit from technologies in the strict sense, scientific results, know-how and services which are applied in new products and techniques through the cooperation with Helmholtz research centres.
The successful exploitation of DLR research results is to be supported through the cooperation with industry. The DLR approach for technology transfer offers the technological basis for marketable products and services in many industrial sectors.
Forschungszentrum Jülich's classical spectrum of cooperation opportunities ranges from scientific and technical services and contract research up to R&D cooperation based on division of labour and strategic partnerships. The Technology Transfer Bureau (TTB) is also the first contact point and negotiating partner for granting licences based on patents from Forschungszentrum Jülich.
The FIZ Karlsruhe is a service institution within the Leibniz Association and provides scientific and technical information published worldwide to the public. As an international partner for science and research, FIZ Karlsruhe can be contacted on all issues related to information transfer and knowledge management. Target groups are scientists conducting research in companies, research organisations and universities, information professionals in libraries and in information management in industry as well as patent attorneys.
The range of activities and services offered to industry are as varied as the university scene. An important goal of technology transfer is to make available the knowledge and experience gained from current research activities for industrial companies and institutions of the public sector.
The transfer agency database of ELFI, the service point for German Electronic Research Funding Information by Ruhr University Bochum, provides compressed access to such information.
The BMBF search engine ResearchPortal.Net is intended to provide the broad public with better access to the German science sector online functioning especially as an interface to industry and trades. The database of ResearchPortal.Net is based exclusively on servers from government-sponsored research institutions. Through this specific choice realised by BMBF, it is ensured that only high-quality information is recorded that is free of advertising. In addition, for projects funded by industry, the websites on BMBF funding priorities will also be searched. In this way, a comprehensive picture of BMBF-funded projects available on the Internet is obtained. In order to establish contacts to scientists, ResearchPortal.Net specifically filters the addresses of competent institutions and the person to contact for further questions through the search for "institutions". For the PhD dissertations search, ResearchPortal.Net starts a full text search in all dissertations deposited at the German National Library. The search engine reflects the situation as of 2006. As yet no final decision has been made on its continuation.
The Research Explorer is cooperation between the German Research Foundation (DFG) and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). This tool enables the search for more than 17,000 institutes at German universities and non-university research institutions. Here, it is possible to conduct searches using technical, geographical and structural criteria. Data such as postal address and web address are continually updated.
The Science Information Service (idw) is the scientific news agency in German on the Internet. As a non-profit organisation with several hundred affiliated institutions - i. e. universities, research institutions, foundations, academies, research companies, academic societies and many more scientific establishments primarily in Germany, Austria and Switzerland - idw provides one of the most important online platforms for scientific news in German-speaking countries.