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Funding: EU funds to strengthen know-how transfer to companies

Hof University of Applied Sciences will receive a total of around EUR 1.4 million in funding from the REACT-EU initiative – this has been announced by the Bavarian State Ministry for Science and the Arts. The program thus supports a targeted transfer of scientific research findings into the economy and thus contributes to a sustainable and crisis-proof positioning of companies. The funds are to be used locally for targeted further education and training measures

Hof University of Applied Sciences strives for a sustainable know-how transfer into the local economy within the scope of many projects; Image: Hof University of Applied Sciences;

The funds that have now been approved can be used to finance projects for the development of further education and training measures that are aimed at employees of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). They come from the REACT-EU funding action “Vocational qualification – knowledge transfer from universities to companies”.

Training certificates for companies

According to Science Minister Sibler, the REACT-EU projects provide companies affected by the Corona pandemic with forward-looking support in coping with the economic and social consequences of the crisis: “As part of the newly developed training and continuing education measures, employees of SMEs can now also acquire continuing education certificates. Companies thus benefit directly from the enormous innovation potential of our universities.”

Funded projects

Specifically, the following projects are being funded at the Hof University of Applied Sciences:

Digital Recruiting: (€384,000 in funding)

One challenge for companies is to attract loyal skilled workers in the long term and to strengthen the relationship of already employed staff to the company. The core of the project is to work out existing and potential target groups of the company and to reach them with the help of digital marketing and communication measures and to position the company attractively for future skilled workers. At the same time, measures for employee retention are to be developed individually for companies on the basis of current trends.

The road to the sponge city: (€511,000 in funding)

The project is dedicated to overcoming the challenges posed by extreme weather events and is aimed in particular at target groups active in the field of urban planning (e.g. planners, architects, urban planning experts). The project translates state-of-the-art science and best practices into implementation-related training to provide a systemic understanding of water balance and urban development. This will provide effective and sustainable support to municipalities and cities in developing sponge city concepts.

Expansion and digitalization of efficient regenerative local heating networks: (511,000.- € Förderung)

A major challenge for the future is the expansion of existing local heating networks and the construction of new ones in order to guarantee economic viability even if the heat demand of the connected buildings decreases. The core of the project is the further training of technology providers, planning offices and existing as well as potential future operators of local heating networks. The players are to be trained in new technologies for minimizing fuel consumption and losses, as well as in innovative control scenarios and simulation techniques.

A good 15 million euros in additional funding from the European Social Fund (ESF) is available for Bavaria’s state universities as part of the support provided for crisis management in connection with the Corona pandemic.

Rainer Krauß

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