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Research and development

 

Task and mission statement

Construction products need to be continually adapted to the needs and requirements of a dynamic and increasing European market. Innovations as well as new requirements and technologies pertaining to materials and constructions must also take the service life of construction products into consideration. That is why Research and Development are the strategic pre-requisites for ensuring the market position in a sustained manner.

Research projects of ift Rosenheim are user-oriented and aligned with the mission statement "Practical solutions for practical use". Research results can be used directly in the form of construction recommendations, standards, guidelines or data sheets.

ift Rosenheim can also take care of your entire project management − from the analysis to applying for financing from various funds and right up to the publication of results or providing scientific support at the time of the market launch.

 

Services to research projects

  • Contract research and examinations in the light of the development according to the requirements of the customer,
  • Support with the acquisition of funds,
  • Support for lodging the application and project formulation,
  • Project management,
  • Development and examination of products.

 

 

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Contact

ift Rosenheim

Research and Development

forschung@ift-rosenheim.de
+49 8031 261-0
+49 8031 261-290


Submit Project Ideas

The ift think tank is providing a creative and open access to previously added ideas and projects for which fellow participants still be sought, but also the possibility for existing or future research partners, clients and other interested parties to submit own project proposals and ideas.

Further information

Fields of research of ift Rosenheim

Official Research

Research projects that are either financed or co-financed by public funding usually attract public interest or general interest.

These include projects that serve to develop generally useful calculation regulations, quality requirements, standards etc. Projects that cater to the (advanced) development of procedures, products, materials etc. are of a pre-competitive nature

In the course of publicly funded research projects, the following key aspects are dealt with at ift Rosenheim:

  • Energy efficiency
  • Sustainability
  • Environment, hygiene, and health
  • New materials and constructions
  • Freedom from barriers/automation

The participation of industrial partners in the execution of research projects ensures practical relevance and the partners benefit from the head-start they gain in terms of knowledge. If experimental examinations need to be conducted as part of the project, they are executed on the products or the product solutions of the industrial partners respectively. Moreover, while the project is under execution, the project partners benefit from the wide official publicity gained with the help of technical publications, presentations or participation in trade fairs.

The broad-based expertise of ift Rosenheim, the collaboration of scientists, engineers and practical experts, as well as the close contact with leading universities and institutes ensure that the goals and tasks are approached with the aim of arriving at solutions with the help of state-of the art technology and best engineering practices.


Contract research

From the concept to innovation. At the beginning of every potential research project there is an idea or a concept, which has, perhaps, already been realised in the form of initial prototypes.

The questions that now arise are often these:

  • Who within the company can further develop this idea to the end product?
  • What are the resources available for financing the project?
  • Does the in-house expertise suffice or must it be outsourced?
  • How should we execute the project?
  • What are the actual technical properties of the product and how can they be determined and verified?
  • Are appropriate materials and manufacturing processes available?

Small and medium-scale enterprises are often overwhelmed with clarifying or addressing these issues. As part of the contract (or outsourced) research work at ift Rosenheim, these open issues should be addressed and solutions provided prior to the commencement of the project. The following figure illustrates one possible option of project execution. In most cases, the step for establishing initial contact represents the greatest level of inhibition. However, this interaction is absolutely non-binding and often yields good results. On request, a non-disclosure agreement may be signed even prior to the initial round of discussions.

The broad-based expertise of ift Rosenheim, the collaboration of scientists, engineers and practical experts, as well as the close contact with leading universities and institutes ensure that the goals and tasks are approached with the aim of arriving at solutions with the help of state-of the art technology and best engineering practices.