RMTMO RI – Strengthening Research Infrastructure in the Upper Rhine Metropolitan Region

Research, development, and innovation play a crucial role in enhancing the competitiveness of the Upper Rhine Trinational Metropolitan Region (TMO). The project RMTMO RI is dedicated to helping private and public actors make the best possible use of existing research infrastructures and developing them further into a future large-scale research infrastructure, thus making a fundamental contribution to research networks in the region.

Fourteen partners – universities, colleges, and research institutes in Germany, France, and Switzerland – are involved in the project, which is receiving approximately 950,000 euros from the European program “INTERREG V Oberrhein.” The project runs from 1 April 2017 to 31 March 2020.

“This initial step on the path to a large-scale research institution on the Upper Rhine paves the way for dynamic scientific and economic developments in the trinational metropolitan region. It’s an opportunity we can only take advantage of together with our French and Swiss partners.”

Bärbel Schäfer, Chief Administrative Officer of the Freiburg Regional Council and Chair of the Interreg V A Upper Rhine Monitoring Committee

“The trinational border region on the Upper Rhine is marked by an unusual concentration of competencies of a high international standard. The development of a large-scale research infrastructure is a structural boon to the region, while at the same time enhancing its international attractiveness.”

Prof. Dr. Catherine Florentz, Vice President for Research and Doctoral Training at the University of Strasbourg

“The establishment of a large-scale research structure encourages the joint cross-border use of existing infrastructures, thus improving the conditions for research projects as well as the cooperation in the entire Upper Rhine area.”

Prof. Dr. Gunther Neuhaus, Project Manager, Vice Rector, and Vice President for Research at the University of Freiburg