Foundation of HEiKA; from left to right: Prof. Bernhard Eitel (Rector of Heidelberg University), Prof. Horst Hippler (President KIT until 2012 and now President German Rector's Conference), Prof. Detlef Löhe (Vicepresident KIT until 2015), Prof. Thomas Rausch (Prorector of Heidelberg University until 2013)
In October 2011, the “Heidelberg-Karlsruhe Research Partnership” (HEiKA) was established as a scientific institution intended to raise the long-standing cooperation between Heidelberg University and Karlsruhe Institute of Technology to a higher qualitative and quantitative level.
HEiKA will become an efficient instrument to enhance the performance and international visibility of research conducted by both partners in selected areas, the Research Bridges.
In HEiKA both partners are bundling their competences in specific research areas in order to raise synergies in research and also in infrastructure like in applications for and complementary funding of advanced equipment.
As an institution for cooperation within specific disciplines, HEiKA will enable the partners to coordinate their efforts, including selection procedures. Its long-term strategic goal is to become an efficient instrument in promoting regional strength and thus increase the research reputation and scientific output of both partners.