LOEWE: Research excellence for the future of Hessen
Since 2008, the German federal state of Hessen has been investing in outstanding futureoriented research initiatives through its LOEWE programme. What began at that time with five LOEWE research centres and five LOEWE research clusters today has grown to become 84 cutting-edge research initiatives (funding line 1 and 2) that have been selected for financial support by means of a competitive process managed by distinguished advisory bodies. These activities are supplemented by 357 SME research initiatives financed by another of the programme‘s funding lines in which small and medium-sized enterprises work together with various research institutions to develop innovative technologies and services.
LOEWE is a key means of strengthening the research landscape in Hessen over the long term. It provides support for universities and research institutions in the development of their specific areas of expertise and focus. LOEWE funding also creates the necessary conditions in terms of infrastructure and human resources for securing third-party funding from transregional research programmes as well as for the expansion or the establishment of research institutions working with joint research funding from federal and state sources. As cooperation between various institutions – universities, universities of applied sciences and non-university research institutions – is an important criterion for obtaining funding, LOEWE promotes networking among various types of research institutions and undertak- ings in Hessen. Another important aim of LOEWE is to ensure that the business sector in Hessen – especially small and medium-sized enterprises – has a stake in the innovative power of scientific research through its participation in technology transfer and joint skills development. In pursuing this aim, LOEWE also seeks to strengthen the labour market in Hessen by creating future-fit jobs.