Research center

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The researchers at Stuttgart University of Applied Sciences conduct mostly interdisciplinary work, with focus on building research, and have developed and coordinated extremely successful national and international research projects in recent years. This success shall be expanded further.

The Institute of Applied Research (IAF) serves as the central contact point for research activities at the university. Here, professors and researching employees can get informed on advertised research projects, obtain financial support or assistance on the processing of new applications and support on project management of ongoing projects.

Furthermore, the IAF promotes interdisciplinary communication between the competence centres of HFT Stuttgart and conducts external research marketing with the aim to advance application-oriented, interdisciplinary research.

The IAF and its members promote the education of students, and contribute towards the more practical aspects teaching, in that they integrate findings from research projects into teachings, and offer students project-related bachelor lab work or master theses and the opportunity to collaborate in research projects.


The Institute of Applied Research (IAF) is headed by Prof. Volker Coors as Director and Prof. Uta Bronner and Prof. Berndt Zeitler als deputies. The active researchers with their topics are organised in two Key Areas of Research consisting of 8 competence centers as well as the New Research Areas. In addition, an Innovation & Transfer team supports the researchers on all matters of transfering HFT knowledge and solutions to the outside world. Moreover, operative and administrative support is provided by a Research Management team, which is subordinated to the Pro-rector Reseach of HFT.