Ford RWTH Research Alliance
The Ford University Alliance model has long been established in the USA. In 2013, RWTH Aachen University was the only European university to have become a so-called “Strategic Alliance Partner” in addition to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the University of Michigan and Stanford University. The central budget made available by Ford to the Strategic Alliance Partners enables them to plan the research projects covered by it with certainty, projects that focus in particular on handling complex topics of long-term relevance to the automotive industry. This way, basic and/or interdisciplinary projects have primarily been initiated. RWTH Innovation takes over the key account management in this context for the cooperation between Ford and RWTH Aachen University.