CTI plays an important role in the promotion of this process. Its job is not only to effectively support collaborations between universities and industry in the area of micro- and nanotechnologies, but also to promote synergies between their different sub-areas and sub-disciplines and solutions between various areas of application and industrial sectors.
CTI sponsors projects in applied research and development (aR&D) between universities and industry. Promotion follows the bottom-up principle: the project partners define their projects themselves. The CTI also supports longer term projects with above average implementation risks, but which hold the prospect of large scale market potential.
Project proposals from the following knowledge areas are assessed swiftly and competently:
- Energy components and systems: photovoltaics, solar thermal energy, fuel cells, wind power
- Energy conversion and storage
- Energy management: power electronics, building control components, energy harvesting
- Optoelektronic/photonic components & systems
- MEMS & MOEMS & BIOMEMS components & systems
- Electronic components & systems, embedded systems
- Sensors and actuators
- Materials, surfaces & interfaces
- Semiconductor - fabrication, assembly, packaging
- Micro- und nanosystems, measurement techniques
Realisation-orientated coaching and cost control is assured for approved projects.