The Research Alliance of Technische Universität Braunschweig and Leibniz Universität Hannover

TU Braunschweig and Leibniz Universität Hannover cooperate closely under the umbrella of their Research Alliance, aiming to further their scientific excellence and securely position themselves for the future against their international competition. The Research Alliance between the two universities was developed under the auspices of the Lower Saxon Ministry for Science and Culture (MWK). A master plan defines common strategic development goals and pools their complementing scientific strengths in the most promising research areas: mobility, metrology and life sciences.

Three lines of research are derived from this: Mobilise, QUAOMET and Smart Biotecs. The government of Lower Saxony will finance the Alliance for five years with start-up funding totalling €27 million – €9 million for five years or €1.8 million per year for each line of research.

Lines of research


Planning and shaping the mobility of tomorrow and supporting it in a both scientific and interdisciplinary way is the aim of the Mobilise line of research. Through many projects ranging from digitalisation and energy transition to production and lightweight construction, scientists are working on solutions to current social, ecological, technological and economic challenges. Mobilise builds on various publically-funded joint projects and makes use of the infrastructure of established research centres at both universities, such as the Automotive Research Centre Niedersachsen in Braunschweig and the L3S Research Center in Hanover.

The Energy System Transformation in Aviation draft proposal is part of the Mobilise research area. It was submitted for funding under the Excellence Strategy enacted by the German Government and the federal states.


QUANOMET deals with the development and application of metrological processes in nano and quantum technologies. This line of research aims to advance increasingly precise measuring methods. In doing so, it touches on other scientific disciplines, such as medical diagnostics and climate research. The demands on metrology and quantum metrology in particular are very complex and require a highly interdisciplinary approach. QUANOMET is in an excellent position for this: the combination of competencies at Leibniz Universität, TU Braunschweig and the German National Metrology Institute (PBT) is unique in the world with regard to precision manufacturing, analytics and measurement technologies.

As part of this line of research, the draft proposal "QuantumFrontiers" (Light and Matter at the Quantum Frontier: Foundations and Applications in Metrology) was drawn up and submitted for funding under the Excellence Strategy implemented by the German Government and the federal states.


Manufacturing new medications and developing intelligent implants are the aim of the SMART BIOTECS line of research. This field covers the entire value chain, from basic research to patient-specific solutions, by pooling existing expertise in the fields of natural products chemistry, biotechnology, micro-/nanotechnology, pharmaceutical process engineering, material sciences, process and production technology, and electrical engineering. To combat neurodegenerative and infectious diseases and to develop regenerative therapies for aging societies, researchers are cooperating very successfully with various partners, including in particular the Hannover Medical School (MHH) and the Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research.


Press release of the Lower Saxon MWK including link to the Research Alliance cooperation agreement (in German)

Press release of the Lower Saxon MWK on funding by the “Niedersächsisches Vorab” foundation (in German)

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