Funding from the federal government and the state

Alongside the German Research Foundation, the federal government is the university's largest provider of third-party funding. For example, the Federal Ministry of Education and Research and the Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy fund long-term Copernicus projects for the energy transition and participation in the National Research Centre for Applied Cyber Security – Athene. At the same time, the state of Hesse supports excellent research at TU Darmstadt – for example on artificial intelligence, new energy technologies, nuclear physics and cognitive sciences.

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Cluster projects

Several "cluster projects", funded as part of the top research competition initiated by the State of Hesse, offer solutions to major scientific and social questions of our time.

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Hochleistungsrechner. Bild: Katrin Binner
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Funded by the federal and state governments: At the National Research Center for Applied Cybersecurity Athene, cyber security is a key national task.

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Projekt SynErgie – Synchronisierte und energieadaptive Produktionstechnik zur flexiblen Ausrichtung von Industrieprozessen auf eine fluktuierende Energieversorgung
Projekt ENAvi – Systemintegration und Vernetzung der Energieversorgung
Projekt ENSURE – Neue Energie-Netzstrukturen für die Energiewende
Phi-Factory – Flexible electrical factory grid management for increasing energy efficiency across systems under the requirements of future distribution grids with renewable energy generation
HIGHEST – Home of Innovation, GrowtH, EntrepreneurShip and Technology Management
ETA-Fabrik – Energy-efficient model factory of the future
3AI – The Third Wave of Artificial Intelligence
Clean Circles
The Adaptive Mind

Retrospect: Excellence Initiative of the German federal and state government

Title Koordination Term
Computational Engineering – Beyond Traditional Sciences Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Michael Schäfer (Fachbereich Maschinenbau) 2007 bis 2017
Darmstadt Graduate School of Energy Science and Engineering
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Johannes Janicka (Fachbereich Maschinenbau), Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Wolfram Jaegermann (Fachbereich Material- und Geowissenschaften) 2012 bis 2017
Title Koordination Term
SMART INTERFACES – Understanding and Designing Fluid Boundaries TU Darmstadt 2007 bis 2014
Die Herausbildung normativer Ordnungen Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main 2007 bis 2017
Beteiligung des Institutes für Politikwissenschaften der TU Darmstadt
Kontakt an der TU Darmstadt: Prof. Dr. Jens Steffek (Fachbereich Gesellschafts- und Geschichtswissenschaften)