Technische Universität Dresden (TUD)
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The TUD is one of eleven German universities that were identified by the German government as an ‘University of Excellence’. TUD has about 37.000 students and almost 4.400 employees, 520 professors among them, and, thus, is the largest university in Saxony, today. TUD is strong in research, offering first-rate programmes with an overwhelming diversity, with close ties to culture, industry and society. As a modern full-status university with 14 departments it offers a wide academic range.

The university emphasises interdisciplinary cooperation, and encourages its students to participate early on in both teaching and research. More specifically: interdisciplinary cooperation among various fields is a strength of the TUD, whose researchers also benefit from collaborations with the region's numerous science institutions - including Fraunhofer institutes and Max Planck institutes. In recognition of the TUD’s emphasis on applications in both teaching and research, leading companies have honoured the university with currently fourteen endowed chairs. The TUD prides itself for its international flavour and has partnerships with more than 70 universities worldwide. Furthermore, TUD is the only university in East Germany which has been granted a graduate school and a cluster of excellence in Germany’s excellence initiative.

European Project Center (TUD-EPC): The TUD has extensive experience in project co-ordination and project management at national and international level and is therefore well placed to coordinate this project. During the period from 2008 until 2012 scientific staff of the TUD participated in over 24,000 contracted projects with a total amount of grants of more than 950 million Euros. A European Project Center (EPC) has been established at TUD to support international project management. The EPC is currently coordinating and managing more than 320 projects with a total project volume amounting to over 133 million EURO granted by the European Commission. For example, the EPC is currently supporting the coordinating professors in FP7 projects like FLEXIBILITY (IP), SYBOSS (IP) and ADDAPT. Furthermore, TUD is currently host to 10 European Research Council (ERC) grantees and a partner in the FET Flagships HBP und GRAPHENE.

TUD-EPC supported the development of this proposal and will lead on financial, legal and administrative issues during the implementation of this project.