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The ministry's portfolio reflects the entire innovation process: from education and training at higher education institutions, to development and invention in the research sector – both within and outside higher education.
The Ministry of Culture and Science of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia is responsible for all matters regarding education, universities, research institutes and culture in North Rhine-Westphalia. The main activities of the ministry are basic funding of universities and non-university research institutes, research and technology promotion, knowledge transfer and science policy. The Ministry has a close co-operation with the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Innovation, Digitalisation and Energy in order to guarantee synergies in terms of connecting university-related and non-university based capacities of the regional science system with extra-regional and international excellent scientific co-operation partners, as well as forming clusters of science and companies and other private groups of actors.