The JRF is the research association of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia. The non-profit association was founded in 2014 as an umbrella organization for 15 state-supported, legally independent, non-university and non-profit research institutes.

The Aachen Institutes of the Johannes-Rau-Forschungsgemeinschaft JRF
Institute for Industrial Management – FIR at RWTH Aachen University
Research Institute for Water and Waste Management – FiW at RWTH Aachen University