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Knowledge Creates Perspektives for the Region!

On August 14, 2020, the “Act on Structural Change in Coal Mining Areas” (StStG) came into force . In order to promote economic growth and the creation of jobs in the regions of the Lusatian and Central German coalfields in Saxony and Saxony-Anhalt that are affected by structural change, the StStG provides for “the establishment of a new institutionally funded large-scale research centre according to Helmholtz or equivalent principles in the Saxon part of Lusatia and the Central German coalfield following a competitive procedure”. The aim of funding projects under the BMBF initiative “Knowledge creates prospects for the region!” is to establish two new large-scale research centers with international appeal that will attract outstanding scientists from all over the world who will use excellent research to help solve major societal challenges that society. Through new organizational structures and thematic goals, the research centers should contribute to the long-term strengthening of Germany as a location for science and innovation and, through close networking with regional universities and companies, contribute significantly to the sustainable development of their locations. more about the announcement…

The establishment of the new large-scale research centers is intended to shape structural change in Lusatia in Saxony and in the Mitteldeutsches Revier in a forward-thinking way and, in particular, to promote economic growth and the creation of new jobs in Saxony and Saxony-Anhalt. In spring 2021, the CTC team began outlining their ideas for a new chemical research institute, which will promote transfer and innovation through new organizational and management structures. In doing so, the team outlined new forward-thinking models of structural collaboration between academia and industry that will increase innovation and spin-off intensity in the region, in Germany and in Europe, and thus create jobs. The CTC’s outline was selected as one of the last six outlines and the team spent November to the end of April developing their ideas into a viable concept ready for implementation. The CTC concept was submitted May 2nd. The concepts developed in this first phase will be reviewed by external scientists. On this basis, the federal government and the host state will decide on the funding of the two best concepts, which will start the development phase in summer 2022. more about the recommended proposals and procedures of the BMBF Idea Competition “Knowledge Creates Perspectives for the Region!”…

Sponsored by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research
Project Duration: 11/1/2021 to 4/30/2022