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 five areas of research:

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)

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.

JARA-HPC Partition is being successively expanded
Due to the considerable demand for calculating capacity for large-scale computing projects the RWTH Aachen and Forschungszentrum Juelich will alternately increase JARA-HPC's calculating capacity as of 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.