The volume of research conducted came to around CHF 51.4 million. Research accounts for 21% of the overall costs incurred by the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts. The University generated additional revenue in excess of CHF 11.3 million through its services, equivalent to approximately 5% of overall costs.
In 2016, research projects were funded by the cantons, the Confederation and third parties to the sum of approximately CHF 45.7 million. Third-party funds came to more than CHF 25.7 million.
416 new research projects were carried out in 2016 involving partners in Switzerland and abroad.
The partners include:
Universities of Applied Sciences turn out highly qualified researchers. To promote networking between research staff, the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts established in 2014 doctoral colloquia to directly support doctoral students.
The doctoral colloquia offered by the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts provide an opportunity for its doctoral students and staff working on their doctorate, to meet at joint workshops to promote knowledge transfer between the various disciplines.
The head of the doctoral colloquia is Prof. Dr. Jürg Schwarz.
The workshops help establish a common culture of research and discourse, extending beyond the University’s disciplinary fields – positioned in close proximity to scientific and extra-scientific application contexts. The focus of the programme lies in providing practical support for those working on their doctorates through coaching, courses in theory and science methodology, and promoting networking both internally and externally.
This programme at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts puts the next generation at the core of its strategy in terms of training and qualification. The University acknowledges the role of young investigators for a University of Applied Sciences and Arts involved in both research and teaching. The University seeks to create an ideal environment helping future researchers to realize their ideas and start their scientific careers in both basic and applied research.
In the past year, the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts and its Schools of Engineering and Architecture, Business, Information Technology, Social Work, Art and Design and Music) have launched a total of 459 projects; 229 involved external partners.
Revenue and Finance
Research and development generated CHF 50,5 million in 2018. Research accounted for 19% of the university’s total revenue. In addition, the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts generated nearly CHF 9 million in revenue with its services - roughly 3% of its total revenue.
In 2018, roughly CHF 8 million in external research funding was made available by Innosuisse (formerly KTI). The Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) supported research projects with a total of CHF 2,8 million. Roughly CHF 9,7 million came from other federal contributions, e.g. via contracts from the Swiss Federal Office of Energy.
Third-party funding accounted for CHF 11,4 million. This category includes businesses from the corporate sector, not-for-profit organisations (e.g. foundations) and means from EU programmes.
The contributing cantons made roughly CHF 17,9 million available for research purposes.
You can find additional facts and figures about the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts in the 2018 Annual Report.
The Standing Committee on Research and Development
The Standing Committee on Research and Development develops and coordinates all research and development activities at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts. It is headed by Prof Dr Viktor Sigrist, Dean of the School of Engineering and Architecture and comprises the Heads of Research of the six Schools.