The Vice President Research and Corporate Relations is in charge of the Executive Board domain for Research and Corporate Relations. In this capacity, he is essentially responsible for strategic guidance of research initiatives, research funding, the application of research results (technology transfer) and partnerships with industry. He approves research contracts agreed between elements of ETH Zurich (e.g. departments, institutes, laboratories, professors or other) and third parties, and represents the Executive Board on research policy committees. Together with the rector Prof. Dr. Sarah Springman he is responsible for periodic departmental evaluations.
At ETH Zurich, teaching and research are closely interrelated. ETH Zurich promotes fundamental basic research as well as application-oriented research. In both areas, ETH Zurich measures itself against highest international standards and pursuits a long-term strategy of excellence. In particular, ETH Zurich is committed to continuously developing the technological innovation potential to the benefit of the Swiss economy and society.