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RWTH is a hotbed of ideas and a laboratory for the future. In University institutes and research centers, scientists  are developing innovative technologies, processes and products. With their knowledge and expertise, they are in demand as cooperation partners around the globe.

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The Excellence Initiative at RWTH

RWTH Aachen University has been receiving funding through the Excellence Initiative since 2007, helping us pursue our goal of becoming one of the world's best integrated, cross-disciplinary technical universities.

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Excellence Clusters

Exzellence Clusters are internationally recognized, competitive research and teaching institutions, where leading-edge research can thrive.

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DFG Programs

The programs by the German Research Foundation (DFG) promote cooperation and structural development by encouraging national and international collaboration and facilitate the pooling of scientific resources at universities.

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Interdisciplinary Research Partnerships

The work communities at RWTH Aachen develop and tap into new, interdisciplinary research fields that span across the faculties. In contrast, our competence and research centers work intensively on specific research topics and combine expertise from our institutes in scientic cooperations.

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Why Choose RWTH?

RWTH Aachen offers excellent conditions for researchers to tackle the great global challenges of our time in open, cross-disciplinary teams.

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Research Core Dataset and Research Information System

In order to establish the reporting standard Research Core Dataset that is recommended by the German Council of Science and Humanities, and at the same time to present important data on the University's research activities to the outside world, RWTH is currently introducing a research information system.


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The Profile Areas

Research at RWTH Aachen University focuses on relevant problems arising from global challenges. Profile Areas pool scientific expertise in the University's key research areas.

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The Jülich Aachen Research Alliance, JARA for short, between RWTH Aachen and Forschungszentrum Jülich conducts leading-edge research on the most critical challenges facing global society in the 21st century. Photo: Forschungszentrum Jülich

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RWTH Aachen Campus

Here, companies and university institutes reach a new level of interdisciplinary collaboration and communication while they jointly work on defined research topics.

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Support for Your Research Ideas

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Here you can find advice and guidance during the entire research process, from first idea to final realization.

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Awards and Honors

Awards and honors play an important role in researchers' careers. On the following pages you can find an overview of individuals working at RWTH Aachen, who have received important research prizes.

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Research Data Management

Research data management offers many advantages to researchers and their disciplines. The workflows, methods, and processes ensure both the quality and that the research data can be used long term. It additionally reduces problems and difficulties in the overall project.

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ERC Projects

The European Research Council, ERC for short, promotes outstanding scientists in order to encourage excellent basic research and visionary projects as well as to discover new interdisciplinary fields of knowledge.

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