JARA - Jülich-Aachen Research Alliance

Focusing expertise – shaping the future: The Jülich Aachen Research Alliance, JARA for short, between RWTH Aachen University and Forschungszentrum Jülich is a model that is unique in Germany, overcoming the mere juxtaposition of university and non-university research and teaching.

The alliance thus establishes a world-class scientific environment attractive to the very best scientists. At the same time, JARA opens up new research opportunities and facilitates projects that would not be attainable for either of the partners on their own. The cooperation within JARA also extends beyond research to the areas of education, infrastructure, knowledge transfer, and services. This creates excellent conditions for research and the application of research results.

JARA currently comprises the following six areas of research:

sustainable energy (JARA-ENERGY)

brain research (JARA-BRAIN)

information technologies of the future (JARA-FIT)

high performance computing (JARA-HPC)

Forces and Matter Experiments (JARA-FAME)

Soft Matter Science (JARA-SOFT)

Our scientists perform research on topics such as a more efficient energy generation and use, they open up opportunities for the early diagnosis of psychological and neurological disorders, develop the physical basis for new storage technologies and processors for computers, and optimize research and development projects using computer simulations.

The two partners, RWTH Aachen University and Forschungszentrum Jülich, thus selectively combine research fields in which they can effectively complement each others' specific expertise.

In this integrated partnership model, strategies for science policy are identified and coordinated. Together, we define research objectives, make investments, and appoint and train our academic staff. JARA has a staff of about 4,000 and a budget of around € 500 million. In 2011, the investment volume was around € 60 million.

Research Minister Wanka Visits JARA-BRAIN at University Hospital Aachen on her Summer Tour
German Federal Minister of Education and Research Johanna Wanka paid a visit to University Hospital Aachen on 28 July, making RWTH Aachen University the first stop of her summer tour. As part of her visit, minister Wanka therefore spoke in particular with the young scientists involved in the research alliance. In three separate sessions, the minister learned about current research being conducted.

Cartography of the Spin-Orbit-Interaction

Utilizing the magnetic moment (spin) of an electron leads to a faster and more energy efficient processing of bits and bytes than within the actual Si-based processors. So far, manipulation experiments of the spin revealed signals which are much too small for any practical application. A possible reason for the unfavorable efficiency has now...

DESCRAMBLE – Numerical simulation of a supercritical water/steam reservoir
DESCRAMBLE is a EU Horizon 2020 project funded within the “Low Carbon Energy” call: “Developing the next generation technologies of renewable electricity and heating/cooling”. The Institute for Applied Geophysics and Geothermal Energy, headed by JARA-ENERGY member Prof. Christoph Clauser, will accompany the drilling effort with reliable predictions of the physical quantities, like temperature, natural flow or rock properties, of the reservoir on regional and local scale.


As part of a cooperation project between RWTH Aachen University and Forschungszentrum Jülich (JARA), a new database was created, that provides comprehensive overview of the main research areas in energy of the two institutions.


Human Brain Project
JARA Involved in European Megaproject on Human Brain Simulation
JARA FIT Annual Report
You can download the new JARA-FIT Annual Report 2014 from here. Our last year's scientific progress and our achievements are documented there.