The results confirm TU Darmstadt’s strategy of developing a distinctive research profile based on a high level of interdisciplinarity and concentrating it in six profile areas. The profile area on “Thermo-Fluids and Interfaces”, for instance, focuses on fluid dynamics, combustion as well as heat and mass transfer. This is the scientific field in which the university is applying for a cluster of excellence entitled “Predictive Thermofluids” in the current round of the Excellence Initiative. And just a few days ago, two of TU Darmstadt’s closely-related research projects were awarded ERC Starting Grants by the European Research Council (ERC) for their excellent, innovative fundamental and pioneering research.
The fact that Computer Science has leapt up from seventh position to first position in the new DFG Funding Atlas has a lot to do with the performance of the profile areas on “Cybersecurity” and “Internet and Digitisation”. This is also the second area in which TU Darmstadt is currently striving for a further cluster of excellence, to be called “Data Analytics for the Humanities”, in the Excellence Initiative.
Several of TU Darmstadt’s other scientific disciplines, moreover, achieve places in the DFG Funding Atlas’s top ten for absolute DFG approvals: Heat Engineering comes in second place, Mechanical Engineering and Production Technology in fourth, Electrical Engineering in sixth, Materials Technology and Engineering in seventh and System Technology in ninth place. Finally, Mathematics ranks sixth. This raft of subjects is covered by TU Darmstadt’s profile areas on “Future Energy Systems”, “From Material to Product Innovation” and the “Centre for Computational Engineering”.