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Completed Projects

Since 1995, sfs has carried out more than 50 European projects, mostly funded by the European Commission, with partners from almost all member states of the European Union. Basic and, in particular, application-oriented research, consulting and transfer projects have been carried out in a wide range of economic sectors from industry and services, the public and private sectors, in close networking and in cooperation structures with a wide variety of partners at European and international level: with scientific institutions, industry and social partners, with large, medium-sized and small companies as well as with consulting firms, educational and training institutions, non-governmental and governmental institutions, experts from the field and other stakeholders.

This overview lists selected projects since 2017.


01/01/2014 - 12/31/2017

The SI DRIVE project will pull theory and praxis of Social Innovation together by proposing both a European and global mapping of social innovation practices, based on a coherent methodology, and the development of the empirically tested foundations of social innovation, conceptualised as a means to empower people, reduce poverty gaps and influence on-going societal changes towards ‘smart, sustainable and inclusive growth.


01/01/2014 - 06/30/2017

The project’s main objective will be to develop a methodological framework for assessing sustainable innovation and managing multi-disciplinary solutions through public engagement


01/01/2015 - 12/31/2017

The project will create a European stakeholder platform with resources and networking for anyone working in the field of inclusion, young people, education and jobs with a focus on ICT (for) learning.


01/01/2016 - 12/31/2017

MAKE-IT studies how Collective Awareness Platforms (CAPs) support and stimulate maker communities and the impacts this is having and is likely to have in the future across society.

Social Innovation Community

01/01/2016 - 12/31/2018

Taking areas of known social innovation activity - which we’ve organised around ‘social innovation networks’ - SIC will strengthen, connect and grow existing social innovation communities - including public sector innovation, digital social innovation, intermediaries, social economy actors and more.


10/01/2016 - 06/30/2019

ROBOHARSH is combining technological innovation with a social innovation process by installing a robotic cell in the steel shop supporting technical personnel in the control of the tap hole, replacing the sliding gate and related refractory material at the bottom of the ladle.


10/01/2016 - 03/31/2020

The vision of the COCOP project is: Complex process industry plants are op-timally run by the operators with the guidance of a coordinating, real-time optimisation system. COCOP will combine the technological development with a social innovation process of co-creation and co-development.

Students for Change

10/15/2016 - 10/14/2019

The main objective of the project Students for Change is to develop a pedagogical method for Higher Education Institutions (HEI) feasible and desirable in Latin American context, to teach and train university entrepreneurs with the necessary skills and knowledge to be active players implementing social innovations. This pedagogical method hopes to position HEIs as active actors in regional development.


09/01/2017 - 10/31/2019

JobAct Europe combines theater pedagogy with social work and allows the improvement of the social situation and the labour market opportunities of disadvantaged groups in society.


01/01/2018 - 04/30/2021

“Social Innovation through Knowledge Exchange” (SIKE) demonstrates the potential of universities to use their knowledge in order to affect social change in a direct and meaningful way. The project is doing so by developing new paradigms and tools for knowledge exchange practice that embrace social innovation, encourage social entrepreneurship and offer more effective support to local communities. The partners – leading socially innovative universities and experienced social innovation drivers – are working together to create an ecosystem that nurtures and supports sustainable, resilient and responsible innovation.


04/01/2018 - 10/31/2021

The aim of the research project is to analyze the connections between digitization, work and gender relations. The focus is on analyzing workflows, design processes and the use of digital technologies in case processing.


05/01/2018 - 04/30/2021

SISCODE aims at stimulating the use of co-creation in policy design, using bottom-design-driven methodologies to pollinate Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI), and Science Technology and Innovation (STI) Policies.

Athene 4.0

08/01/2018 - 12/31/2021

Athene 4.0 will contribute to digitisation of craft sector by developing a service platform. The platform will be used for internal order processing and communication with customers and between different trades.


11/01/2018 - 06/30/2022

The project team members work together with local stakeholders to develop innovative solutions to the complex and dynamic challenges of climate change and sustainable development and test these solutions in living labs.


09/01/2019 - 12/31/2022

The project eLLa4.0 enables executive leaders to shape and manage sociodigital systems by developing interaction competence and enable them to exploit the potentials of digitisation for excellent labour.


10/01/2019 - 01/31/2023

The aim of the funding measure “Urban Climate Under Change 2” is to further develop the PALM-4U model developed in the first phase into a practical model and to convert it into operational service. PALM-4U should be able to support the daily work routines in municipal urban planning and thus help to take aspects of climate change into account. This will be achieved by PALM-4U answering current and future questions regarding urban climate for a climate change-adapted housing and open space development.


10/01/2019 - 09/30/2022

In cooperation with the Social Research Centre Dortmund and the Chair of Enterprise Logistics (LFO) at TU Dortmund University, the project "Networking and Interaction Work in Smart Technical Services (VISITS)" has been launched, which is funded by the BMBF for three years in the context of the R&D programme "Future of Work: Working on and with People".


11/01/2019 - 06/30/2022

ARTE combines theater pedagogy with social work and entrepreneurship training and allows the improvement of the social situation and the labour market opportunities of young adults in Mediterranean Europe.


09/01/2020 - 10/31/2021

The new project CAUSA-A, funded by the BMAS, investigates in an interdisciplinary team from a sociological and legal perspective, which new problems employees and OSH actors are confronted with, which support the companies need and which solution strategies could be found, especially with regard to special risk groups.

Ch@nge Ruhr

10/01/2020 - 12/31/2022

A cooperative project entitled "Ch@nge Ruhr" has been launched with the aim of sustainably strengthening the transformation and design skills of companies in the Ruhr region in the digital transformation.

Location & approach

Exit 13 (Kreuz Dortmund Nord-Ost), direction Derne/Schwerte (B236), 1st exit direction Dortmund-Eving, next traffic lights turn right (Kemminghauser Str.), after 2.7km turn left (Evinger Str./B 54), after 1.1km traffic lights turn left (Deutsche Straße), after 500m on the left is the Evinger Platz.

From the Bundesstraße 1 (extension A40 or A44) to the intersection B1/B236 direction Lünen, 3rd exit direction Dortmund-Eving.

Exit Dortmund Hafen, turn left until the intersection Münsterstraße (B54), direction Eving, after about three kilometers turn into Deutsche Straße.

You can download an enlarged general map here

From Dortmund Airport, it takes just about 20 minutes to get to Dortmund Central Station by AirportExpress and from there to the university by subway (U-Bahn) 41. The stop is "Zeche Minister Stein". A wider range of international flight connections is offered by Düsseldorf Airport, about 60 kilometers away, which can be reached directly by S-Bahn from the university station. From there, you can get directly to Dortmund Central Station.

From Dortmund Central Station, take the U 41 light rail (direction Brambauer / Brechten). The stop is "Zeche Minister Stein". The Minister Stein Center is located on the right in the direction of travel of the streetcar.

You can find an overview map here.