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LOEWE is the research promotion programme that has been used by the federal state of Hesse since 2008 to set research policy trends, the objective being to give a sustainable boost to Hesse’s research landscape. LOEWE stands for “Landes-Offensive zur Entwicklung wissenschaftlich-ökonomischer Exzellenz” (state offensive for the development of scientific and economic excellence).

LOEWE provides support for outstanding joint research initiatives, with a particular focus on encouraging intensive networking between scholarship, non-university research and the business world.

LOEWE has three funding lines:

  • LOEWE Research Centres are topic-focused institutions. They each have their own decision-making structure, which is backed by partners from universities and research establishments. Annual promotional funding for a LOEWE Centre is between EUR 2 and 8 million.
  • LOEWE Research Clusters bring together available topic-based capacities. Innovative research topics from universities in Hesse and non-university research institutes are identified and developed thanks to the promotional funding. Annual promotional funding for each LOEWE Research Cluster amounts to EUR 0.5 – 1.5 million over a period of three years. In exceptional cases, phase-out funding can be provided for up to one year.
  • LOEWE SME Projects are model and pilot projects whose aim is to strengthen cooperation between small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and research institutions in Hesse. The focus is on the introduction of marketable and technologically innovative products, procedures and services, the objective being to create added value and secure employment in the business sector. Project run-time is between one and three years.

IDeA was one of the first centres in 2008. For an overview please see: