Coordinated Research

Coordinated research, and in particular coordinated programs contribute substantially to RPTU's research profile. They promote structural development by encouraging national and international collaboration in innovative areas of relevance and by clustering the scientific potential of the university.

Here you find the ongoing programs funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), EU and other forms of coordinated research at RPTU:

The funding program “Sonderforschungsbereiche” of the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, DFG) is dedicated to collaborative research centers that are either localized at one university (SFB) or involve more than one university at different locations and are thus called trans-regional (SFB/TRR).

Collaborative Research Centres are long-term university-based research institutions, established for up to 12 years, in which researchers work together within a multidisciplinary research program. They allow researchers to tackle innovative, challenging, complex and long-term research undertakings through the coordination and concentration of individuals and resources within the applicant universities. SFBs thus enable institutional priority area and structural development. The centers set up their own scientific-administrative infrastructure and public relations, possibly integrating additional funding components, for example an integrated graduate school or projects for knowledge transfer. Expanding international collaboration is also especially promoted.

Ongoing DFG Collaborative Research Centres

SFB/TRR 173  “Spin+X – Spin in its collective environment” (since 2016)

SFB/TRR 175 „The Green Hub - Central coordinator of acclimation in plants“ (since 2016)

SFB/TRR 185 "OSCAR - Open System Control of Atomic and Photonic Matter" (since 2016)

SFB/TRR 195 "Symbolic Tools in Mathematics and their Application" (since 2017)

SFB/TRR 375 "HyPo - Multi-functional high performance components made from hybrid porous materials" since 2024)

DFG Collaborative Research Centres of other Universities with RPTU as Partner

SFB/TRR 234 „CataLight - Light-driven Molecular Catalysts in Hierarchically Structured Materials” (seit 2018)

SFB/TRR 306 QuCoLiMa - Quantum Cooperativity of Light and Matter (since 2021)

SFB 1527 "High Performance Compact Magnetic Resonance – HyPERiON" (since 2022)


Research Training Groups are established by the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, DFG) at the universities to promote early career researchers. They are funded by the DFG for a period of up to nine years. Their key emphasis is on the qualification of doctoral researchers within the framework of a focused research program and a structured training strategy. An interdisciplinary approach is thereby highly encouraged.

Ongoing DFG research training groups:

GRK 2277 "Statistical Modeling in Psychology - SMiP"

GRK 2360 "SystemLink"

GRK 2737 "Molecular Mechanisms to Preserve the Functionality of Membranes and Compartments during Stress Conditions"

GRK 2908:  "Valuable Wastewater (WERA) - Recovery of Critical Raw Materials by the Example of Phosphorus"

Additionally, research training groups are integrated in these collaborative research centers (SFB and SFB/TRR) of RPTU:

SFB/TRR 173  “Spin+X – Spin its collective environment” (seit 2016)

SFB/TRR 185 "OSCAR - Open System Control of Atomic and Photonic Matter" (seit 2016)

SFB/TRR 195"Symbolic Tools in Mathematics and their Application" (seit 2017)

SFB/TRR 375 "HyPo - Multi-functional high performance components made from hybrid porous materials" since 2024)


Research Unit by the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, DFG) represent close teams of researchers working together on a research project which, in terms of thematic focus, duration and finances, extends beyond the funding options available under Individual Grants Programs of the DFG. Research Units provide the staff and material resources required for carrying out intensive, medium-term cooperative projects (generally six years, from October 2018 up to eight years). Research Units often contribute to establishing new research directions. 

Current DFG Research Units

FOR 2316 "Correlations in Integrable Quantum Many-Body Systems" (since 2015)

FOR 2537 "Emerging Grammars in Language Contact Situations: A Comparative Approach" (since 2018)

FOR 2800 "Chromosome Instability: Cross-talk of DNA replication stress and mitotic dysfunction" (since 2018)

FOR 5098 "Innovation and Coevolution in Plant Sexual Reproduction" - ICIPS (since 2021)

FOR 5134 "Solidification Cracks during Laser Beam Welding: High Performance Computing for High Performance Processing" (since 2021)

FOR 5157 "Strukturieren des inputs in der Sprachverarbeitung, dem Spracherwerb und Sprachwandel" (SILPAC) (seit 2021)

FOR 5359 "Deep Learning on Sparse Chemical Data" (since 2022)


The German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, DFG) establishes Priority Program for coordinated multi-location funding for important new topics in order to foster network formation and advance interdisciplinarity. These programs are typically run for six years with an intermediate review.

Ongoing DFG - Priority Programs related to RPTU

SPP 1980 "Nanoparticle Synthesis in Spray Flames: Spray Syn: Measurement, Simulation, Processes" (since  2017)

SPP 2045 "Highly specific and multidimensional fractionation of fine particle systemes with technical relevance" (since 2017)

SPP 2074 "Fluidless Lubricationsystems with high mechanical Load " (since 2018, Coordination RPTU)

SPP 2080 "Catalysts and reactors under dynamic conditions for energy storage and conversion" (since 2018)

SPP 2086 "Surface Conditioning in Machining Processes" (since 2018)

SPP 2102 "Light controlled reactivity of metal complexes (LCRMC)" (since 2018)

SPP 2137 "Skyrmionics: Topological Spin Phenomena in Real-Space for Applications" (since 2018)

SPP 2170 "Novel production processes and multi-scale analysis, modelling and design of cell-cell and cell-bioreactor interactions (InterZell)"

SPP 2199 "Scalable Interaction Paradigms for Pervasive Computing Environments" (since 2020)

SPP 2236 "Auditory Cognition in Interactive Virtual Environments – AUDICTIVE" (since 2020)

SPP 2253 Nano Security: From Nano-Electronics to Secure Systems" (since 2020)

SPP 2256 "Variational Methods for Predicting Complex Phenomena in Engineering Structures and Materials" (since 2020)

SPP 2289 "Creation of synergies in tailor-made mixtures of heterogeneous powders" (since 2021)

SPP 2298 "Theoretical Foundations of Deep Learning" (since 2021)

SPP 2305 "Sensor-integrated machine elements" (since 2021)

SPP 2311 "Robust coupling of continuum-biomechanical in silico models to establish active biological system models for later use in clinical applications - Co-design of modeling, numerics and usability" (since 2021)

SPP 2317 "META-REP: A Meta-scientific Programme to Analyse and Optimise Replicability in the Behavioural, Social, and Cognitive Sciences" (since 2021)

SPP 2322 "Systems ecology of soils – Energy Discharge Modulated by Microbiome and Boundary Conditions (SoilSystems)" (since 2021)

SPP 2330 "New Concepts in Prokaryotic Virus-host Interactions – From Single Cells to Microbial Communities" (since 2021)

SPP 2331 "Machine Learning in Chemical Engineering. Knowledge Meets Data: Interpretability, Extrapolation, Reliability, Trust" (since 2021)

SPP 2353 "Daring More Intelligence – Design Assistants in Mechanics and Dynamics" (since 2022)

SPP 2363 “Utilization and Development of Machine Learning for Molecular Applications – Molecular Machine Learning” (since 2022)

SPP 2364  "Autonomous processes in particle technology" (since 2022)

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SPP 2402 - Greybox models for the qualification of coated tools for high-performance cutting

SPP 2411 "Sensing LOOPS: cortico-subcortical interactions for adaptive sensing" (since 2023)


As part of the "Breakthroughs" program, the Carl Zeiss Foundation supports top international research from Baden-Württemberg, Rhineland-Palatinate and Thuringia with yearly calls since 2018.

With the program, the foundation supports universities in further developing and expanding already proven research strengths. Projects under the "Breakthroughs" program run for six years.

A prerequisite for funding by the Carl Zeiss Foundation is a proven supraregional position in the area to be supported, which is embedded in a corresponding structure and is a relevant component for the strategic orientation of the university.

Ongoing projects in the Breakthroughs programme:

Ageing Smart

Sustainable Embedded AISmart Batch Processes in the Energy System of the Future Halocycles  (Project of the JGU Mainz with participation of the RPTU)

AI-Care: Artifcial Intelligence for treating cancer therapy resistance

In the National Research Data Infrastructure (NFDI), data from science and research are systematically made accessible, networked and made usable in a sustainable and qualitative manner. NFDI consortia, associations of various institutions within a research field, work together in an interdisciplinary manner to implement the goals.

NFDI-Consortia with Participation of RPTU



NFDI - MatWerk



IAM4NFDI (Basisdienst)


Within the framework of federal project funding, various federal ministries (BMBF, BMWK, BMDV, etc.) support collaborative and individual projects of various sizes. The main focus is on climate, energy, health, nutrition, mobility, security and communication. At the RPTU, there are a large number of such projects in the various departments.

Outstanding projects of the federal project funding at the RPTU

5G Model Region Kaiserslautern



Open Digitalization Alliance Pfalz (Innovative University)

Projects of the EU research framework programs

The framework program for research and innovation of the EU "HORIZON Europe" bundles several funding programs of the EU and replaces, among others, HORIZON 2020. Within the framework of HORIZON Europe, the European Commission funds innovative projects from research and development with about 95.5 billion euros, over the term of seven years (2021-2027). This makes HORIZON Europe one of the largest research funding programs worldwide.

Currently, the RPTU is coordinator or partner in the following HORIZON Europe projects:

ERC Grants
Collaborative Projects