In the framework of the cooperation contract between the University of Karlsruhe and the Max-Rubner-Institute (MRI) a very close collaboration between the Institute of Life Science Engineering and the MRI is established. Therefore not only a very intensive cooperation concerning research projects and exchange of scientific information exists; team-work regarding teaching and two-sided utilization of apparatuses is also a huge advantage of our cooperation.
The cooperation with industrial partners is to us the logical continuation of fundamental research. For this purpose we exercise several models:
- Collaborative research cooperation
Within the framework of research associations (e.g. AiF, BMBF) it is possible to conduct projects lasting 2 to 3 years. Regarding collaborative research cooperations, multiple companies in the pre-competitive area are involved. Depending on the sponsor, the contribution of the partner amounts between 10 and 50 % of the over-all cost of the project. Special financial sponsorship is available for KMUs (small and medium-sized companies).
- Bilateral research cooperation
Projects in cooperation with individual companies are conducted if they result of a bilateral, long-term (2-3 years) research interest. For sponsorship a substantial contribution regarding labour costs and costs of material is stated in agreement with the partners. Therefore a confidentiality and cooperation contract is terminated.
- Contract research respectively measurements
Smaller projects based on our competences are calculated on a time and material basis. Confidentiality is regulated by contract.
- Advanced training / know-how transfer
Every other year a industrial course on emulsification technology is held. Note that the contributions will exclusively be in German.