Measure 1.1: Strengthening the Natural Sciences

  Two biologists in the lab holding plants Peter Winandy  

The sub-measure "Strengthening the Natural Sciences" aims to further develop and restructure the natural sciences as one of the core competencies of RWTH Aachen to secure a leading position both nationally and internationally and to ensure a sustainable exchange with the engineering fields. In this process, fot example, the push-pull effects between the natural sciences and engineering shall be intensified

For selected, promising research areas, special funding opportunities are offered, including funds and support for the recruitment of excellent researchers, in order to enable the generation of new ideas to be realized through excellent basic research.

As part of the Institutional Strategy II, the implementation of these goals will take place by means of various instruments:

  • The Dean's Seed Fund provides support for projects that generate and develop new ideas and approaches in research
  • The Undergraduate Funds makes it possible to involve students in research projects at a very early stage in their academic career
  • Distinguished Professorships will be established to support high-profile senior researchers

As part of the Institutional Strategy I, Junior Professorships have been created, at least half of which will be established in the long term as tenure-track professorships. By now this instrument is fully financed by the faculty itself.