Research Alliance Ruhr receives another 48 million euros

NRW Minister of Science hands over funding allocation

Ina Brandes, Minister for Culture and Science of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, has secured the joint cutting-edge research of the University Alliance Ruhr (UA Ruhr), which is organized in the Research Alliance, with a further funding commitment: During a visit on December 12, she presented the university administrations of Ruhr University Bochum, TU Dortmund and UDE with an allocation notice for 48 million euros for 2025.

From left: Dr. Christina Reinhardt, RUB Chancellor, Prof. Dr. Manfred Bayer, Rector of TU Dortmund, Minister Ina Brandes, Albrecht Ehlers, Chancellor of TU Dortmund, Prof. Dr. Barbara Albert, UDE Rector, Prof. Dr. Martin Paul, RUB Rector and Jens Andreas Meinen, UDE Chancellor. Image: TU Dortmund/Martina Hengesbach

On the campus of TU Dortmund University, the Minister of Science met not only members of the rectorates of the three partner universities of the UA Ruhr, but also five founding professors of the four Research Centers and the College for Social Sciences and Humanities, which are currently being established as part of the Research Alliance. Founded in 2021 on the initiative of the Ruhr Conference, up to 50 new professorships will be created here. After the first appointments were successfully completed this year, the full expansion will take place in the next two years. The Ministry of Culture and Science had already allocated 75 million euros to the UA Ruhr for the first three years of the build-up phase until 2024.

Minister Ina Brandes said: “Excellent science needs excellent equipment and planning security. That is why I am delighted that we are today providing the Research Alliance Ruhr with a further 48 million euros to enable the expansion of this unique alliance of three universities in the Ruhr region. In this alliance, the universities can exploit their potential even more effectively and make a valuable contribution to North Rhine-Westphalia’s international standing as a center of science. Here, solutions are being devised for the pressing issues of the future for people’s everyday lives, such as energy supply, digitization and healthcare.”

Prof. Barbara Albert of the University of Duisburg-Essen emphasized, “Through this initiative, the universities also continue to serve as role models for cooperation in the Ruhr region: the Research Alliance Ruhr has further deepened UA Ruhr cooperation, as interdisciplinary research centers are now being systematically established across all three universities.”

The four Research Centers conduct research on pressing future issues in the fields of holistic health, sustainability, digitization, and the energy transition. Each is headed by a founding director: Prof. Dirk Schadendorf for the “Research Center One Health Ruhr,” Prof. Martina Havenith-Newen for the “Research Center Chemical Sciences and Sustainability,” Prof. Emmanuel Müller for the “Research Center Trustworthy Data Science and Security,” Prof. Alfred Ludwig for the “Research Center Future Energy Materials and Systems,” and Prof. Julika Griem for the “College for Social Sciences and Humanities.

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