With the increasing autonomy of public research institutions, and at the same time the withdrawal of strong state governance, new and greater leeway has emerged for the German research system in recent years. One starting point here is heterogeneous cooperation in which players from different organizations or sub-systems of the research system enter into exchange and experiment with new forms of cooperation (within the science community or between science and industry). Objective of this internal strategy project is to systematize and classify existing findings on new and flexible forms of heterogeneous cooperation which publicly funded university and non-university research organizations enter into with other partners, for instance, within strategic research partnerships, also including foreign experiences.
Goal of this project is to spot trends in possible forms of new transfer and cooperation models, in order to identify approaches for future public governance of institutional collaborations, which should contribute further flexibility and dynamic to the German research system. It is planned to present the project results in a workshop and to discuss them with experts from politics, science and industry.