Funding Programs for Junior Research Groups


Funding programs for junior research groups are typically targeted at outstanding postdocs with research experience whose doctorate has been completed a few years ago. As a rule, funding is provided for an entire group of junior researchers, including for project resources, for a period of five to six years. In this way, the program allows young scholars to conduct independent research early on in their careers.


In the following, you'll find an overview of selected externally funded junior research groups at RWTH Aachen University. Some of the junior research group leaders hold a junior professorship at RWTH. There are currently more than 30 junior professors at RWTH in total.

Title Applicant Funding Period
Emmy Noether Program (DFG)
Methods and Tools for the Analysis and Interpretation of Experiments to Prove the Existence of Dark Matter Prof. Dr. Felix Kahlhoefer since 2017
Transfer Influence with Air Jet Vortex Generator Arrays in Transsonic and Supersonic Currents Dr.-Ing. Anne Marie Schreyer since 2017
Searching for a New Particle Physics Theory by Studying Rare Cases of Beta Decay Dr. Christoph Langenbruch since 2016
Title Applicant Funding Period
Returning Scholars Program (North Rhine Westphalia)
Simulation of energy storage and energy conversion materials using semiempirical electronic structure theory methods Prof. Dr. Christoph Bannwarth since 2021
Learning From Networks With Unobserved Edges Prof. Michael Schaub, Ph. D. since 2020

Title Applicant Funding Period
Junior Research Groups in the Field of "Digital Society" (NRW Ministry of Culture and Science)
Digital Maturity Dr. André Calero Valdez since 2018

Title Applicant Funding Period
NanoMatFutur Competition for Early-Career Researchers (BMBF)
Design of Additively Manufactured High-Performance Materials for the Automotive Industry (MatAM) Dr.-Ing. Christian Haase since 2020

Title Group Leader Funding Period
Competition "Interdisciplinary Development of Competencies“ – Human-Technology Interactionfor for Demographic Change (Federal Ministry of Education and Research)
Age and Aging-Appropriate Human-Technology Interaction with the Help of Tele-medical Systems and Services (TECH4AGE) Dr.-Ing. Dr. Alexander Mertens since 2014
Title Applicant Funding Period
Freigeist-Fellowship (Volkswagen Foundation)
A German Nuclear Archaeology Laboratory: Reconstructing the Nuclear Past to Enable a Nuclear-weapon-free Future Prof. Dr. Malte Göttsche since 2017
Stable and Robust Management of
Health Care Services
Prof. Dr. Christina Büsing since 2016

Further Junior Research Groups

Title Applicant Funding Period
Max-Eder-Nachwuchsgruppenprogramm (Deutsche Krebshilfe)

Optimierung von Immuntherapie-Strategien bei gastrointestinalen Tumoren mit prädiktiven und mechanistischen Computermodellen

Prof. Dr. Jakob Nikolas Kather since 2020

Title Applicant Funding Period
Junior Principal Investigator Fellowships (RWTH Aachen University)
Between Patronage, Social Mobility, and Technical Innovation: Laboring Poor and Their Networks in the Middle Ages Dr. Julia Exarchos since 2020
Multilevel quantum chemical strategies to simulate organic optical materials Prof. Dr. Christoph Bannwarth since 2021
Shining light on quantum dots in 2D material Dr. Annika Kurzmann since 2021
Multifunctional Compositionally Complex Materials Dr. Clio Azina since 2021
Architectural design categorization based on expert and non- expert judgements of buildings Dr. Josep Llorca-Bofí since 2021
Unravelling the production mechanisms and fate of assimilable organic carbon in Membrane Aerated Bioreactors (MABR) for wastewater reuse Dr. Peter Desmond since 2021