The objective pursued by the Mercator Research Center Ruhr is to strengthen the Ruhr Area’s position as an important economic and industrial hub in a sustainable manner by promoting strategic collaboration among all UA Ruhr universities. Researchers from UA Ruhr universities have the option to submit applications for five types of grant funding via their respective Rectorates: project funding, structural development grant, individual grants, start-up funding and strategic fund. The Center was set up by the Mercator Foundation in collaboration with UA Ruhr in March 2010.

MERCUR-Mercator Research Center RuhrWith its programs, MERCUR supports the networking strategies of researchers, institutes and faculties across all three universities, mainly in research, but also in academia. The programs thus reflect MERCUR’s conviction that, by bundling its strengths, the research region Ruhr will gain clout in the national and international marketplace which competes for the best ideas and minds.