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Science in Hamburg gets EUR 17 million in funds

Ministry for Science and Research selects eleven out of 32 submitted projects focusing on health and quality of life in cities

The Ministry for Science, Research and Equality in Hamburg approved Tuesday (December 13) EUR 17.3 million in state funds for eleven out of 32 submitted research projects. Each project will receive EUR 1.75 million maximum over a three and half year period.

Obtaining federal funds

Scientists at the University of Hamburg (UHH), the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences (HAW), the Technical University of Hamburg-Harburg (TUHH), HafenCity University and the University Clinics of Hamburg-Eppendorf (UKE) had submitted the projects for funding. The Helmut-Schmidt University and diverse non-university research centres are also partners. The state funds are in addition to basic funding and will help universities and their partners to obtain funds from the German government or the EU.

Strengthening international competitiveness

Katharina Fegebank, Senator for Science, Research and Equality, said: “I am delighted that the universities have again submitted many interesting and excellent subjects. We know from the first round of the project that state funding for research is a successful means of supporting universities in their bid to obtain funding at national and international level. That boosts the international competitiveness of universities and Hamburg as a scientific location.”

Funded projects

At the centre of the projects are current issues and challenges facing society in the 21st century such as new kinds of learning and urban living standards. The project submitted by the University of Hamburg (UHH) entitled “Information Governance Technologies: Ethics, Policies, Architectures and Engineering” focuses on handling data that could impact economic and political processes in the digital era. Another research project entitled “Flexible Learning Under Stress” is within the framework of an interdisciplinary research network led by UHH. It will be conducted with the UKE and the Helmut-Schmidt University and examines the effect of emotions and stress on flexible learning.

Maintaining the quality of life in urban districts is one of the main issues facing fast-growing cities. As part of a very application oriented project entitled “Healthy District in Hamburg” (Gesunde Quartiere in Hamburg), an interdisciplinary research network led by HAW Hamburg is developing measures to improve health and the quality of life in socially deprived suburbs.

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