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On Wednesday, February 5, the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) announced the finalists in the competition for the innovation networks of the future. Out of 137 applications, the jury selected 16 projects to advance to the final selection round before the implementation phase. Among them is "CAPT - Clean Autonomous Public Transport", which was submitted under the direction of the Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel (CAU) and in cooperation with the Kiel University of Applied Sciences.

Federal Research Minister Anja Karliczek said on the occasion of the announcement: "I am curious to see which ideas will convince in the conception phase. We intend to select up to seven future clusters and provide funding of up to five million euros each year".

"I am enthusiastic about the progress that our transdisciplinary cooperation project CAPTN is making in the various federal funding lines. Innovative projects like this one have the power to provide real impetus for sustainable solutions to social challenges such as the mobility revolution. Our coordination team is doing everything it can to get the final decision for Kiel," emphasized Professor Lutz Kipp, President of Kiel University.

"We are delighted to be part of the development team for future-oriented mobility and are happy to contribute our expertise to the project. This is our basic research in the fields of power electronics for electric and hybrid vehicles, battery management, shipbuilding, human-machine interaction and sustainability of transport services," added Professor Udo Beer, President of Kiel University of Applied Sciences.

 

Federal funding for „CAPTN“

A funding commitment under the "Clusters4Future" initiative of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) would make the submitted project proposal "CAPT - Clean Autonomous Public Transport" one of a maximum of seven German "innovation networks of the future". The initiative was launched by the Federal Government in order to strengthen Germany's position in the top group of global innovation locations through regional innovation networks known as future clusters.

The future clusters are intended to pool the skills and knowledge in a region with creativity and new forms of cooperation even better, for example by providing more freedom for innovation and participation formats, bold business models or creative-industry pioneering solutions. After the first round of the competition, 16 applications were selected for the conception phase. This six-month conception phase will be funded with up to 250,000 euros. The phase serves to further develop the ideas and approaches presented in advance in a competition sketch. A research and innovation strategy as well as projects necessary for implementation will be developed. Funding of up to 5 million euros per funded cluster and year is available for each of the three maximum possible three-year implementation phases, which build on each other. The decision on the selected future clusters is expected at the end of 2020.

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