The increasingly complex world requires networks in large structures to an ever greater extent. International development networks are a must due to the increasing specialization of companies and researchers. This poses particular challenges to universities of applied sciences, which have only been given a statutory mandate for application-oriented research in recent years. Mannheim University of Applied Sciences has been particularly successful in this and has carried out a large number of cooperative development projects. Now it is important not to miss the trend towards the internationalization of research. There are a number of funding programs within the EU; however, applying for funding is very complex and highly competitive.
The great strength of research at universities of applied sciences is their high practical relevance. This is also expressed at the Mannheim University of Applied Sciences by its close links with SMEs (. The university has already completed more than 200 projects with partners from the region, but also throughout Germany, in the ZIM program (Central Innovation Program for SMEs) of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi). This program also enables the promotion of international project ideas in cooperation with selected partner countries within and outside the EU (e.g. Belgium, Canada, Russia, Austria and Finland). This year, for the first time, the Competence Centre CeMOS at Mannheim University of Applied Sciences was able to successfully acquire a Franco-German project and thus take the step into international research.
The project applied for by CeMOS together with KIT (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology), Kress Fahrzeugbau and the French company XS-GROUPE is the development of latent cold storage systems for the next generation of electrically powered refrigerated trucks. The aim is to develop a battery-independent cooling system that significantly increases the range of the vehicles.
Further projects with Canada and Israel are already being planned. With this way of internationalizing development cooperations, the university hopes to have found a much more efficient way to establish itself internationally with application-oriented research than with classic EU projects. This is an important contribution to securing Mannheim as a research location and to the internationalization of the region.