Research & Transfer

Universities play a prominent role in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which require not only a transnational but also a transsectoral exchange of knowledge. Thus, the SDGs represent a great opportunity for internationalisation and the development of a unique selling proposition, especially for universities of applied sciences with their well-established industry and business contacts. Trier University of Applied Sciences assumes social responsibility by developing joint research projects on global topics. The project contributes to this goal through the following project activities:

Sustainability conferences

nternational sustainability conferences on the three main research areas

During the 4-year project period, three international ­virtual sustainability conferences will be organized, alternating with the three main research areas of Trier University of Applied Sciences:

  • 2023: "Applied Material Flow Management and SDGs."
  • 2024: "Intelligent ­Technologies for Sustainable Development (ITNE) and SDGs."
  • 2025: "Life Sciences - Medical, Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology and SDGs."

The conferences are aimed at (junior) researchers at Trier University of Applied Sciences and partner universities, who will present their innovative research projects in pitch rounds, and at employees who support the acquisition of third-party funding. A fundraising workshop will also give all participants an overview of current funding lines and tips on applying for funding in order to successfully translate their sustainability ideas into project proposals.

Externally ­invited guests from business, industry, and civil society will be ­involved in­ virtual panel discussions and keynote speeches to ensure knowledge transfer. In addition to building skills in ­proposal writing, the international sustainability conferences will also be an opportunity to ­form cross-disciplinary ­clusters and teams for new SDG-related research projects ­and to break through existing academic silos in interdisciplinary SDG research.

Internal funding line for international research cooperations

Trier International Project Grants (TIP): Research Cooperations

Within the project framework, funds totaling €20,000 are available between 2022-2025 to provide financing for promising new international projects. The three cross-cutting themes of "internationalisation", "digitalisation" and "sustainability" are to be considered together. In the "Research Cooperations" call for proposals, annual funding of a maximum of €2,000 will be awarded for international research and transfer projects on the

  • Formation of consortia for strategic funding applications (e.g., European Higher Education Alliances).
  • Initiation of research projects in the field of sustainability (e.g., Horizon Europe, Interreg VI A, Interreg NWE)
  • Implementation of research symposia in the field of sustainability

All researchers at Trier University of Applied Sciences are eligible to apply. For the exact eligibility criteria, please refer to the call for proposals and send your application for the year 2022 by 04.03.2022 to: Please use the application form provided.

Applications will be reviewed and selected by a selection committee according to the following selection criteria: relevance, innovation, reference to the SDGs, the strength of the consortium and integration of strategic university and practice partners, international added value for the department and the university as a whole, and sustainability of the concept.

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