Press release: Profilbildung NRW

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Future "made in North Rhine-Westphalia"!

For years, the Ministry of Culture and Science of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia has been supporting innovative projects within the framework of the "Profilbildung" funding program. The aim of this funding instrument is to create scope for the development of innovative and forward-looking topics as well as to sustainably increase visibility and connectivity and competitiveness in new research areas.

Ten new projects have now been selected by an independent jury in the second funding round. Starting in November 2023, the research teams will receive support totaling around 27 million euros over a period of three years.

"The future is being conceived, researched and developed in North Rhine-Westphalia. With our funding program, we are creating scope for scientists to occupy subject areas and network with each other across different disciplines. This gives rise to innovative ideas that make people's everyday lives easier," said Science Minister Ina Brandes, who presented the funding decisions to the teams from universities, universities of applied sciences and non-university research institutions in Düsseldorf on October 20th.

RWTH Aachen University is represented in no less than three of the ten projects funded from November 2023. In collaboration with Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf and Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH, for example, the ACCeSS (Active Carbon Capture for Sustainable Synthesis) project will pursue circular approaches to capture CO2 from the atmosphere in carbohydrates and subsequently convert them into sustainable, high-quality compounds. The pooling of expertise in green and white biotechnology and membrane biology is expected to enable a significant contribution to addressing and mitigating the effects of global warming.

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