The KSOP fosters cooperation worldwide. Next to cooperations with academia and industry worldwide, the KSOP builds upon strong support of federal and public partners, which forms the strong basis of the graduate school:
- Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG): In meeting its responsibilities as a research funding organisation, the DFG must remain abreast of current developments in higher education. In doing so, the DFG is able to address challenges such as the need to provide sustainable support for young researchers, the interdisciplinarisation of the sciences and humanities, and support for networking in the field of research.
- Federal Ministry of Research and Education, and, sustainably, by the State of Baden-Württemberg: Main task of the ministery is the continous development of the school and education systems of Baden-Württemberg.
- Verein Deutscher Ingenieure (VDI; association of German Engineers): With 139,000 personal members – over a third of which are students and junior engineers under the age of 33 – the Association of German Engineers (VDI) is one of the largest technical-scientific associations in Europe. Throughout the years, the VDI has successfully expanded its activities nationally and internationally committing itself to foster and impart knowledge about technology related issues. As a financially independent, politically unaffiliated and non-profit organization the VDI is recognized as the representative of engineers both within the profession and in public.