Strategy Fund


Olaf Gockel


Olaf Gockel

Head of Division 6.1


+49 241 80 90114



RWTH is convinced that its strategic competence can only be secured if it has flexible resources at its disposal for the support and strategic alignment of its activities in research and teaching. In order to to guarantee the availability of such flexible resources, the Rectorate and the Faculty Deans have agreed on establishing a Strategy Fund.

The Strategy Fund has been established based on the Institutional Strategy II developed as part of the Excellence Initiative of the German federal and state governments.

Based on the implementation period of the Institutional Strategy II, the Strategy Fund was initially established between 2013 and 2017. Its main purpose was to provide initial funding for innovative, profile-enhancing measures in research. Whether or not a measure considered to be profile-enhancing depends on its significance for the University’s strategic priorities as well as its scientific quality and visibility.

All measures financed through the Strategy Fund are in line with the University’s objectives as outlined in the Institutional II and the Strategy RWTH 2020.

To secure transparency and sustainability, decisions on how to use the resources of the Stratey Fund are jointly made by the Rectorate and the Faculties. The sources and uses of the Strategy Fund are reported to the University Senate. Applications for funding through the Fund are to be made, in writing and via the deans, to the Rectorate. Eligible to apply are researchers at RWTH Aachen University.