Priority Programs


Priority Programs are established by the Senate of the German Research Foundation. The Senate identifies promising research topics and decides whether funding in the specific research field is likely to produce significant scientific results.


As soon as the DFG has decided to establish a new Priority Program, it invites German researchers to submit proposals for the newly established priority program.

Priority Programs provide the opportunity for nationwide collaboration between the participating researchers.

Priority Programs are usually funded for a period of six years.


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

Priority Programs With Participation from RWTH

Number Designation and Spokespersons
SPP 2419

A contribution to the realization of the energy transition: Optimization of thermochemical energy conversion processes for the flexible utilization of hydrogen-based renewable fuels using additive manufacturing

Spokesperson: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Heinz Pitsch, RWTH

SPP 2402

Greybox-Modelle zur Qualifizierung beschichteter Werkzeuge für die Hochleistungszerspanung

Spokesperson: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Kirsten Bobzin, RWTH

SPP 2331

Maschinelles Lernen in der Verfahrenstechnik. Wissen trifft auf Daten: Interpretierbarkeit, Extrapolation, Verlässlichkeit, Vertrauen (Machine learning in process engineering. Knowledge meets data: Interpretability, extrapolation, reliability, trust)

Spokesperson: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Alexander Mitsos, RWTH

SPP 2236

AUDICTIVE – Auditory Cognition in Interactive Virtual Environments

Spokesperson: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Janina Fels, RWTH

SPP 2225

Wirtszellaustritt intrazellulärer Pathogene

Spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Gabriele Pradel, RWTH

SPP 2014

Auf dem Weg zur implantierbaren Lunge

Spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Rolf Rossaint, RWTH

SPP 1914

Cyber-Physical Networking, CPN

Spokesperson: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Klaus Wehrle (RWTH) und Prof. Dr.-Ing. Sandra Hirche, TU München

SPP 1798

CoSIP – Compressed Sensing in Information Technology

Spokespersons: Prof. Dr. Holger Rauhut (RWTH) and Prof. Dr. Gitta Kutyniok, TU Berlin

SPP 1772

Cognitive Multiple Demands: Representations and Mechanisms

Spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Andrea Kiesel, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg

Deputy Spokespersons: Prof. Dr. Iring Koch, RWTH, and Prof. Dr. Hermann Müller, Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen


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