R&D at the Universities of Applied Sciences is:
Applied: It is no basic research like at the so called Research Universities; it is usually precompetitive and focuses e.g. on the application of new technologies, methods or systems of production
Market-oriented: The results of our R&D-projects can easily be translated in new products by industry or - in case of social sciences - in new methodes or measures by the social services.
Related to regional needs: The partners of our R&D-projects often are SMEs (small and medium-sized enterprises) which are located in the region around the Univ. of Appl. Sc..
Public: The results of our projects are public. The publications take place in scientific journals, at scientific meetings, or at fairs.
Interdisciplinary: In many of our projects scientists of different academic fields work together. We are dealing also with seven "Centers of Excellence", which are interdisciplinary institutions where several Univ. of Appl. Sc. cooperate
Effective: Projects in applied sciences usually are "cheaper" than projects in basic research; there is normally no need of huge equipment; the different equipment ressources in the Univ. of Appl. Sc. can be used by different research teams.
Involving students: All our projects are related to our educational subjects; students are involved e.g. by writing their Master Thesis or even their PhD Thesis, the latter in cooperation with Research Universities.