Research Units

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A research group is composed of multiple outstanding researchers who are working together on a particular research task.  The collaboration should give them the opportunity to devote their attention to current, pressing questions in their subject fields and to establish innovative work methods.


Flexible Collaborative Research

DFG research funding for research groups contributes to this cause for up to 6 years, in order to provide the cooperation with the necessary materials and personnel. The participating researchers work within the respective field as well as in others.

Researchers work together in varying combinations and with varying emphasis on different program modules. The funding program allows the research association to be flexibly shaped, depending on its hypothesis, the involved scientific fields, and the desired structural aspect.

Collaboration Across Boundaries

Within this framework, research groups offer opportunities to young talented groups, strengthen the cooperation with external partners, intensify international collaboration, and make it possible for scientists to take leaves of absences.

Through their various structures, research groups can be involved in highly relevant interdisciplinary research initiatives. Relevant examples are “Clinical Research Units” or “Humanities Centers for Advanced Studies" in the humanities and social sciences.

Research Units at RWTH Aachen University


Determination of the Neutrino Mass Hierarchy in the JUNO Experiment
Spokesperson: Professor Achim Stahl, RWTH Aachen

FOR 2319
Dynamics of Electron Transfer Processes within Transition Metal Sites in Biological and Bioinorganic Systems
Spokesperson: Professor Dr. Sonja Herres-Pawlis, RWTH Aachen
Professor Dr. Gerald Henkel, Universität Paderborn
FOR 1405
Low-Loss Electrical Steel Sheet for Energy-Efficient Electrical Drives
Spokesperson: Professor Dr.-Ing. Rudolf Kawalla, Technische Universität Bergakademie Freiberg
FOR 1897
Durable Pavement Constructions for Future Traffic Loads Coupled System Pavement-Tyre-Vehicle
Spokesperson: Professor Dr.-Ing. Michael Kaliske, Technische Universität Dresden
FOR 2089
New Physics at the Large Hadron Collider
Spokesperson: Professor Michael Krämer, RWTH Aachen
FOR 2239

Advanced Computational Methods for Strongly Correlated Quantum Systems
Spokesperson: Professor Fakher F. Assaad, Universität Würzburg

FOR 1807
Active Drag Reduction by Transversal Surface Waves
Spokesperson: Professor Wolfgang Schröder, RWTH Aachen
FOR 1779
Simulation and Evaluation of Acoustical Environments (SEACEN)
Spokesperson: Professor Stefan Weinzierl, TU Berlin
FOR 1557
Hybrid Reasoning for Intelligent Systems
Spokesperson: Professor Gerhard Lakemeyer, RWTH Aachen
FOR 1513
Damping Effects in Machine Tools
Spokesperson: Professor Christian Brecher, RWTH Aachen
FOR 1087
Chemokines and Adhesion Molecules in Cardiovascular Pathogenesis
Spokesperson: Professor Christian Weber
FOR 809