Founded in 2010, Mercator Research Center Ruhr (MERCUR) is an institute affiliated with Stiftung Mercator and the three universities incorporated in “University Alliance Ruhr” (UA Ruhr), i.e. Ruhr-Universität Bochum, TU Dortmund University, and the University of Duisburg-Essen.
With its funding programs for joint projects in the fields of research, education, and administration at the three universities, MERCUR supports strategic collaboration within UA Ruhr.
Moreover, MERCUR manages projects such as Global Young Faculty, a networking platform enabling early career researchers in the region to carry out joint projects, the Dual Career Network Ruhr that assists the Ruhr universities and higher-education institutions in the appointment of new professors, as well as the MERCUR Science Policy Network that facilitates exchange between the state ministries of North Rhine-Westphalia and University Alliance Ruhr.
MERCUR pursues the objective of promoting the science hub Ruhr by initiating and supporting strategic collaborations.