JARA - Jülich-Aachen Research Alliance

Focusing competence - shaping the future: in the Jülich-Aachen Research Alliance, known as JARA for short, RWTH Aachen University and Forschungszentrum Jülich have established a model that is unique in Germany in order to overcome the insularity of university and non-university research and teaching. 

The Alliance has thus established a scientific environment that is in the top international league and is attractive to the best researchers. At the same time, research opportunities are opened up and projects realized that would not be possible for one partner alone. Over and above pure research, the collaboration in JARA also encompasses the fields of education, infrastructure, knowledge transfer and services. These fields create the necessary conditions for research and the applications arising from this research.

JARA currently comprises five research areas:

sustainable energy (JARA-ENERGY)

brain research (JARA-BRAIN)

information technologies of the future (JARA-FIT)

high performance computing (JARA-HPC)

and Forces and Matter Experiments (JARA-FAME)


Amongst other aspects, our scientists are currently investigating more efficient energy production and utilization, opening up possibilities for the early diagnosis and treatment of psychological and neurological diseases, developing the physical basis for new memories and processors for computers, and optimizing research and development projects through computer simulations.

The two partners, RWTH Aachen University and Forschungszentrum Jülich, thus selectively link research fields in which they have complementary expertise.

In this model of integrative partnership, scientific policy strategies are defined and coordinated. Research goals are jointly defined, investments made and academic staff appointed and trained. JARA has a staff of approx. 4,000 with a financial budget of about € 500 million. In 2011, the volume of investments amounted to around € 60 million.

6th call for proposals for computing time
The  current call for proposals is open from 31 July until 29 August 2014. The next computing time period starts on 01 November 2014.
Battery and Memory Device in One
Resistive memory cells (ReRAM) are regarded as a promising solution for future generations of computer memories.

MeProRIsk-II - Risk Assessment for Deep Geothermal Reservoirs
Several of the most promising geothermal reservoirs in the world are characterised by a complicated geologic history and, hence, structure. Numerical modelling is an indispensable tool for evaluating the geothermal potential of such systems, as is the case in the current BMU project MeProRisk-II, a joint research project of five academic institutions, a geothermal consultancy, and Enel Green Power.


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 2012 from here. Our last year's scientific progress and our achievements are documented there.