Services & Support for ResearchersRWTH Aachen
Encouraging and demanding top-level performance at all levels - this is one of the University's standards as formulated in its "RWTH 2020" Institutional Strategy. Thus RWTH supports researchers in conducting their research projects and provides them with multiple services, assisting them with the acquisition of research funds, bringing innovation to market, generating ideas, and executive development activities.
Exploratory Research Space (ERS): Generating and Developing Innovative Ideas
The generation of new and unconventional research ideas cannot be planned. In order to support creative, innovative research, RWTH has established the "Exploratory Research Space." The goal is to create leeway for creativity and support the process of generating ideas. Furthermore, ERS provides several funding instruments – such as Seed Funds and Boost Funds – to support the realization and development of promising innovative ideas of our researchers.
You are looking for external funding to realize your research ideas? Are you seeking assistance with completing a project proposal? Do you need background information on funding opportunites? And do you need support with administrative tasks surrounding the acquisition and implementation of large-scale DFG or EU projects? In these and other questions concerning external funding our team at the Research Funding Division will be glad to assist you.
Inventions, Patents, and Business Start-Ups
RWTH offers advisory services on the innovation process to all researchers at the University, with special emphasis on the protection of intellectual property. It also provides support with setting up and growing high-tech businesses and establishes contacts with partners in business and industry.
Multi- and interdisciplinary collaboration has a longstanding tradition at RWTH Aachen University. In recent years, the cooperation and interaction of researchers from different fields has provided the basis for many innovative product and process solutions.
Career and Executive Development
RWTH Aachen provides newly appointed professors and postdocs with continuing education opportunities, such as seminars, workshops, and individual coachings. In this way, they receive support with assuming and managing their positions as researchers, teachers and executives. The also receive assistance with developing their career path at the University.
Information for International Researchers
RWTH Aachen University is a vibrant place where excellent research is being conducted. At the University's institutes, a large number of international doctoral students, postdocs and reseachers are active in teaching and research. For international researchers interested in coming to RWTH Aachen to conduct research an pursue an academic career, the University provides advice on planning their arrival and stay in Aachen.
Dual Career Service
The Dual Career Service at RWTH Aachen helps newly appointed researchers and their families to settle into life in Aachen and the surrounding region. We offer support for adjusting to daily life in your new surroundings, and if your partner is looking for a new job in the area, we will be happy to provide advice even before you arrive.
Center for Doctoral Studies
The Center for Doctoral Studies is the center for providing continuing education and transferable skill training opportunities for doctoral candidates.