Research Units


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.


If you have questions about applying for funding, you can contact Vera Eckers in Division 4.2 Management of Third Party Funds.

Research Groups at RWTH
Number Title Spokesperson
FOR 5409 Structure-Preserving Numerical Methods for Bulk- and Interface-Coupling of Heterogeneous Models (SNuBIC) Prof. Manuel Torrilhon
CRU 5011 Integrating emerging methods to advance translational kidney research (InteraKD) Prof. Peter Boor
FOR 2687

Cyclic Variations in Highly Optimized Spark-Ignition Engines: Experiment and Simulation of a Multi-Scale Causal Chain

Prof. Heinz Pitsch
FOR 2591 Severity Assessment in Animal Based Research Prof. René Tolba
CRU 344 Untangling and Targeting Mechanisms of Myelofibrosis in Myeloproliferative Neoplasms (MPN)

Prof. Tim Brümmendorf (Speaker)

Prof. Steffen Koschmieder (Research Coordinator)
FOR 2401 Optimization-Based Multi-Scale Control of Low-Temperature Engine Combustion Processes Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jakob Andert
FOR 2319 Determination of Neutrino Mass Hierarchy in the JUNO Experiment Prof. Dr. Achim Stahl

Research Groups with RWTH Involvement
Number Title Spokesperson RWTH Participants
FOR 3013 Vector- and Tensor-Valued Surface PDEs Prof. Dr. Axel Voigt,
TU Dresden
Prof. Arnold Reusken
FOR 2790 Binding and Retrieval in Action Control Prof. Dr. Christian Frings, Universität Trier

Prof. Iring Koch

Dr. Andrea Philipp

FOR 2690 Translational Pruritus Research Prof. Dr. Martin Schmelz, Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg

apl. Prof. Barbara Namer

Prof. Steffen Koschmieder

FOR 2407 Exploring Articular Cartilage and Subchondral Bone Degeneration and Regeneration in Osteoarthritis (ExCarBon) Prof. Dr. Susanne Grässel, Universitätsklinikum Regensburg Dr. Holger Jahr, Dr. Björn Rath
FOR 2089 Durable Pavements for the Traffic of the Future "Coupled System: Road-Tire-Vehicle" Prof. Dr.-Ing. Michael Kaliske, TU Dresden Prof. Dr.-Ing. Lutz Eckstein, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Markus Oeser

FOR 2083

Integrated Planning in Public Transport

Prof. Dr. Anita Schöbel, TU Kaiserslautern

Prof. Dr. Marco Lübbecke

FOR 2063

The Epistemology of the Large Hadron Collider

Dr. Gregor Schiemann, Bergische Universität Wuppertal

Prof. Dr. Robert Harlander
Prof. Dr. Michael Krämer

FOR 1897

Low-Loss Electrical Steel Sheet for Energy-Efficient Electrical Drives

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Rudolf Kawalla, Technische Universität Bergakademie Freiberg

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Gerhard Hirt
Prof. Dr. Sandra Korte-Kerzel, Ph.D.
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Kay Hameyer

FOR 1807

Numerical Methods for Strongly Correlated Quantum Systems

Prof. Dr. Fakher Fakhry Assaad, Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg

Prof. Stefan Wessel, Ph.D.