Research and development is a vital, very active component of academic life at Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences, as evidenced by the growing number of research projects across wide-ranging fields of research, as well as the founding of new, mostly interdisciplinary research working groups and institutes. Research and development at h_da collaborates in numerous ways with industry, academia, research institutes and local authorities. Furthermore, the university actively participates in research initiatives such as “Forschung für die Praxis” and “ForschungsCampus FC3”.
With several funding and support measures in place, along with dedicated research institutions, h_da is committed to facilitating both innovative research and smooth execution of projects. The university’s Service Center Research and Transfer (SFT) offers administrative support for planning and conducting externally funded research and development projects. The Center for Research and Development (ZFE), founded in 2001 and one of h_da’s core academic institutions, also provides ongoing research support. ZFE represents the interests of researchers and administers h_da’s internal Central Research Funding. In 2012, h_da established its Graduate School to support young researchers and offer cooperative doctorate programs.
h_da actively supports knowledge exchange and technology transfer. Partners from industry, academia and regional institutions are regularly invited to university events to facilitate networking and sustain ongoing research partnerships. h_da researchers benefit from informational events and special research workshops throughout the year. One of the highlights is the annual Research Day – a chance for researchers to present their latest research and development, and an effective platform for networking and dialogue.