An effective transfer of scientific knowledge into industry is only possible on the basis of own research capacity. Applied research has therefore a high priority within ILM, building a basis for industrial projects. About half of external funding acquired by ILM arise from public funding of research projects.
The research projects serve to continuously improve and extend the infrastructure and expertise of the competence groups. The thematic focal points, therefore, correspond to the orientation of the competence groups. Frequently, several competence groups are working together in a project.