The university is the centre of an excellent research network that includes numerous extra-university research and academic institutions in the research city of Heidelberg and the region. Research, teaching, and continuing education are the university's main spheres of activity in cooperation with its local and regional partners.
The university endeavours to transfer research results and scientific findings to industry and the economy. With its Industry-on-Campus projects – strategic research cooperations with companies in the research city of Heidelberg and the region – Ruperto Carola networks its basic research with the application-oriented research of its industrial partners.
To facilitate the transfer of research results to all levels of society and thus open up new prospects to students and young researchers, the university systematically seeks dialogue with the broader public as well as defined subsets. A wide range of activities encourages continual exchange between science and society.
Scientific consulting services are offered to political representatives, administrative organisations and their members, as well as civic, cultural, and economic organisations. Referrals to relevant experts facilitate the transfer of knowledge to society.
As a transfer agency of the Heidelberg University, heiINNOVATION stands for the knowledge and technology transfer of research results into society. Its central aim is to coordinate transfer activities throughout the university, to establish contact with specialised transfer departments of non-university institutions and industrial partners and to make scientific innovation achievements available to society.
The STARTUP SCHOOL by heiINNOVATION is a six-week programme starting in October 2020 that provides scientists with an experimental area for entrepreneurship, while teaching various methods on how to build a startup.