In Europe the Universities of Applied Sciences (UAS) represent a vitally important group of institutes that educate people for key positions in the textile and clothing/fashion industry and perform applied scientific research. They represent a large part of the total textile and clothing/fashion research investments. Customers and partners in this respect are universities (fundamental knowledge) and the industry that benefits directly through bilateral dissemination or membership of focused research consortia and projects. These applied research institutes are also partners in the research programs. The aim is valorization of knowledge and know-how by the industry and to emphasize the importance of an encounter between design and technology to obtain the best possible results.