The cornerstone for the new Innovation and Research Centre (IFC) on the HFU Tuttlingen Campus was laid on 22 March, 2017. Several partners are involved in the financing of the €11m project: the town and area of Tuttlingen are each subsidizing the project to the sum of €2.2m each. The state of Baden-Württemberg will provide €1.82m of financing and the EU €4.55m. The IFC beat out all the competition in the Europe-wide "RegioWin" competition. "The IFC project gives the town, region and university a real push," said Tuttlingen's Mayor Michael Beck. "We were for it from the first moment on." It's another success story in the history of our partnership," said councillor Stefan Bär.
It is an important milestone for the HFU Tuttlingen Campus which was founded less than ten years ago in 2009. In the meantime Tuttlingen has 200 new Bachelor students and 30 Master's students. University President Prof. Rolf Schofer puts the rapid growth of the campus down to the unique situation in Tuttlingen.
The four-storey building, which will house labs, offices and presentation rooms, will be built on the site of the former Katharinenheim. The goal is for the university to work more closely with regional companies, especially in the fields of medical engineering, to allow innovations from research to be implemented more quickly. The centre will be used by both university academic and research staff and by local companies carrying out research in partnership with the university, as well as by smaller companies and start-ups.