Research Initiative of the Federal State of Rhineland-Palatinate

The Research Initiative (FI) of the state of Rhineland-Palatinate, established in 2008 and funded by the Ministry of Science and Health, is a central strategic instrument of RPTU for the development of its research profile. On the one hand, it funds profile areas, meaning internationally established, interdisciplinary research areas in which internationally visible working groups concentrate on a research topic characteristic for the universities resarch profile. On the other hand, potential areas are funded in which scientists from different departments work together on an interdisciplinary basis for a limited period of time in order to develop new research topics.

In the current funding phase of the research initiative (2024 to 2028), three profile areas (in bold) and twelve potential areas are being funded. They are intended to further strengthen the seven profile lines of RPTU's research profile.

Social and Digital Transformations

Bioanalytics, Membrane and Systems Biology in the Context of Cellular Adaptation Strategies

High-Performance Materials and Designs for Innovative Products

Analysis and Design of Educational Processes

Interactions of Light, Spin and Matter

Mathematical Modelling, Algorithms and Simulation of Complex Systems

TU Nachwuchsring

The Nachwuchsring was founded and developed in 2008 as part of the Rhineland-Palatinate research initiative at the Research Centre (CM)². It was supported by the Carl Zeiss Foundation for four years. Since 2014, the TU Nachwuchsring, which continues to be financed by the research initiative of the state of Rhineland-Palatinate, has developed from the idea of bringing together young researchers from individual research initiatives. At the end of 2014, the TU Nachwuchsring was strengthened by a management office, which functions as the central contact point for all young researchers in Kaiserslautern in addition being responsible for all administrative tasks.

In the meantime, the TU Nachwuchsring has become well established as part of the promotion of young scientists at the RPTU in Kaiserslauern. The services offered by the TU-Nachwuchsring are directly oriented towards the needs and interests of young scientists at the TUK and range from financial support to a transferrable skills programme tailored to young scientists. This is made possible by doctoral students, postdocs, junior research group leaders, junior professors and tenure-track professors from all departments who continously engage in the development of the various support measures in line with the motto "By and for young scientists".