It is especially important to the DWI scientists that their research concretely benefits people. Against this backdrop, the DWI – Leibniz Institute for Interactive Materials combines fundamental research together with precompetitive application-oriented research.

DWI understands transfer as the exchange between science and the non-academic world. This can take the form of both knowledge transfer and technology transfer.

Successful knowledge transfer involves the translation of scientific findings for specific target groups in a quality-assured manner. Conversely, it leads to the integration of socially relevant issues into the research projects of our institute. In addition, we work in close contact with partners from industry to find solutions for a wide range of problems. Improving technologies developed at our institute and thus transferring them to industry is therefore part of DWI's overall strategy.

Transfer thus encompasses all activities that convey knowledge, competencies and resources generated by research. We want to significantly strengthen the exchange between science and society as well as science and industry.

Technology transfer


FURTHResearch is a spin-off of DWI and Aachener Verfahrenstechnik (AVT). The idea for a versatile software for research data management was born in 2012 during the doctoral studies of founder and managing director Daniel Menne and was transferred into a spin-off in 2017.