The contributions from the industry partners go mostly into the Cyber Valley Research Fund, for which only Cyber Valley research groups can apply with research ideas. The fund is used to finance free research projects, i.e. projects that are not specified by industry. The topics are selected according to the criteria of scientific excellence by a joint commission of all partners, in which the representatives of science have the majority. The participating companies can propose subject areas, but the decision as to which research project to start is up to the scientists themselves. The fund has a volume of 5 million euros for the next five years.
The Cyber Valley Research Fund Board (RFB) decides which research projects are funded and to what extent. It consists of one vote each from the six industrial partners participating in the funding of the Research Fund and six votes from the Max Planck Society and the universities. In the event of a tie, a representative of the scientific community has the casting vote.
The members of the Cyber Valley Research Fund Board are representatives nominated by the partners, who represent the votes of the partners:
Max Planck Society and the Universities of Stuttgart and Tübingen:
Max Planck Society: Michael Black, Katherine Kuchenbecker, Metin Sitti, Bernhard Schölkopf; University of Stuttgart: Frank Allgöwer; University of Tübingen: Philipp Berens
Core industry partners:
Amazon: Peter Gehler; BMW Group: Thomas Stauner; IAV GMbH: Nick Weinhold; Porsche AG: Joachim Deisinger; Robert Bosch GmbH: Thomas Kropf; ZF Friedrichshafen AG: Manuel Götz