Junior Research Groups
The broad interdisciplinary base of the Ruhr-Universität provides a fertile working environment, also for Junior Research Groups: 23 externally recruited Junior Research Groups are currently working in the faculties on the "campus of short distances". They are financed through the Emmy Noether Programme of the German Research Foundation (DFG), within the framework of Collaborative Research Centres or Research Groups, by the Federal Research Ministry (BMBF) and through programmes of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia.
An entirely new model for the promotion of young talent is provided by the Mercator Research Groups, which are currently being tested by the Ruhr-Universität with the cooperation and funding of the Mercator Foundation: in a Mercator Research Group, three or four young researchers work as a team on an interdisciplinary topic for six years. For this, they select changing, internationally renowned senior academics for one or two semesters as advisors. Both Mercator Groups - a life sciences and a cultural studies group - are excellently equipped, in particular with their own doctoral fellowships, and work autonomously.