Research Units


A research unit 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 units contributes to this cause for up to six 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 units offer opportunities to young talented units, 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 units 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 Units 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

Further research units with RWTH involvement can be found in GEPRIS.