Forschungsrat Kältetechnik e.V. (Research Council for Refrigeration Technology) is a legally independent Research Foundation of VDMA, based in Frankfurt.
The Research Council has 30 companies in the industrial, commercial, transportation and domestic refrigeration, chemical industry, oil industry as well as research institutes and associations of refrigeration.
The Research Council for Refrigeration Technology is a member of the Research Association for Mechanical Engineering and a member of the German Federation of Industrial Research Associations, thus giving an important requirement for the research community.
The Research Council, awards research contracts to institutions e.g. universities and technical colleges, but also to non-university research institutions. The advance technological and scientific research is funded by monetary and non-cash benefits contributed by its members as well as financially supported by the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology.