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Research Structures

KIT Centers

Eight KIT Centers pool the program-oriented and coordinated research activities (Collaborative Research Centers, Transregio programs, EU projects, graduate schools and research training groups, and other projects) at the KIT and represent KIT’s strategic areas of research to the public.


The KIT is involved in the programs of the Helmholtz Association and contributes to several programs in the research fields of Energy, Earth and Environment, Key Technologies, and Structure of Matter.

Collaborative Research Centers

Collaborative Research Centers are institutions established at universities for a long-term period and enable researchers to pursue an outstanding research programme, crossing the boundaries of disciplines, institutes, departments and faculties.

Research Groups and Networks

Embedded in the research activities of the KIT there is a number of interdisciplinary cooperations of scientists working on current topics.

Competence Portfolio

Scientists work in fields of competence depending on their expert know-how. Related fields of competence are bundled in competence areas.

PhD programs

The KIT PhD programs offer the opportunity to acquire a doctor's degree within a research program and a structured qualification concept.