DFG Funding Atlas Confirms RWTH's Strength in Research


The Funding Atlas published by the German Research Foundation (DFG) provides comprehensive analyses of the key facts and figures of research activities and external funding at German universities.  According to the new edition published today RWTH Aachen is once again leading the field in DFG-provided research funding:  in the survey period between 2008 and 2010, RWTH spent more than 278 million in DFG research funds.


Between 2008 and 2010, the engineering fields alone received 161 million euros in DFG research funding. In the engineering sciences, with over one million Euros per professor, the University again ranked first in the category “external funding per professor.”

The Funding Atlas supersedes the DFG's Funding Ranking Reports, which had been published every three years. It contains key data on publicly funded research in Germany, providing, among other statistics, an overview of research funds provided by the DFG, the federal government, and the EU.

Rector Ernst Schmachtenberg is very pleased with the excellent results achieved by RWTH Aachen:

The Funding Atlas attests to the University’s comprehensive research activities. By providing funding for our projects, the German Research Foundation contributes significantly to boost both fundamental and applied research at RWTH and helps our researchers to fully develop their potential. DFG funding alone has created about 1,300 jobs in Aachen – thus, the DFG is the University’s most significant funder!

RWTH Rector Ernst Schmachtenberg

The Funding Atlas also contains a host of other interesting information: The Rhineland, with its universities in Aachen, Bonn, Düsseldorf, and Cologne is fully able to compete with the metropolitan areas Berlin and Munich.

An abridged English-language Version of the Funding Atlas will be available later this year.


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