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University of Bayreuth, Press release No 163/2021 - 12. November 2021

University of Bayreuth receives extensive funding from the European Social Fund  

Three projects of the University of Bayreuth and another in cooperation with the University of Regensburg have been selected for the REACT funding line of the European Social Fund (ESF). They are intended to support small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in coping with the coronavirus pandemic by providing professional competencies to their employees. The projects "Resource Conservation through Data Science & Digitalisation for SMEs", "Crisis Management and Transformation for SMEs", "Sustainability and Resilience through Additive Innovations", and "IoT4all - IoT-based Processes and Process Analytics in Work and Manufacturing for SMEs" will each receive more than € 500,000.

As part of the REACT-EU initiative, the European Commission has approved a total of additional EU funding of around € 37 million for support in the coronavirus pandemic. For the Bavarian state universities, a good € 15 million in additional funding from the ESF is available in this context, 1.7 million of which will go to the University of Bayreuth. With these funds, the universities can finance projects for the development of further education and training measures aimed at employees of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). In this way, the companies are to benefit from the innovation potential of the universities in order to overcome the coronavirus crisis.

At the University of Bayreuth, the following projects are to receive REACT funding:

  • RSDS - Resource Conservation through Data Science & Digitalisation for SMEs (funding volume: around € 530,000) at the Manufacturing & Remanufacturing Technology research group, Prof. Dr. Frank Döpper: The "RSDS" project imparts knowledge on smart data mining, intelligent data value creation, and efficient data utilisation. Employees in manufacturing companies are to learn the potential of data science and digitalisation with regard to the conservation of valuable resources.
  • Sustainability and resilience through additive innovations (funding volume: around € 587,000) at the Manufacturing & Remanufacturing Technology research group, Christian Bay, Academic Councillor and Managing Director of the Additive Innovations Campus Research Centre: The project aims to demonstrate the opportunities of additive manufacturing for increasing sustainability as well as increasing the resilience and adaptability of value chains. The aim is to systematically impart user knowledge to the employees of manufacturing companies in order to recognise sustainable additive innovations, to adapt them to a company-specific portfolio, and to derive approaches for their economically and ecologically sustainable application and transformation in the company.
  • KUTKMU - Crisis Management and Transformation for SMEs (funding volume: around € 578,000) at the Strategic Management & Organisation research group, Professor Dr Ricarda Bouncken: "KUTKMU" is a continuing education format. It provides learning units, application workshops, and an ad-hoc mediation offering to up-skill companies and their employees. The aim is to support them in overcoming crises, especially by building resilient production with hybrid multi-local work structures and processes.

In addition, the University of Bayreuth is involved in another project funded by REACT:

  •  IoT4all - IoT-based processes and process analytics in work and manufacturing for SMEs (funding volume: around € 582,000) at the Management Information Systems research group at the University of Regensburg, Prof. Dr. Stefan Schönig, in cooperation with the Manufacturing & Remanufacturing Technology research group, Prof. Dr. Frank Döpper: The "IoT4all" project shows employees in manufacturing SMEs the opportunities and possible productivity increases resulting from the use of Internet of Things (IoT)-based processes and process analytics in work and manufacturing.

Anja-Maria Meister

PR Spokesperson University of Bayreuth

Phone: +49 (0) 921 / 55-5300
E-mail: anja.meister@uni-bayreuth.de