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Helmholtz Programs

Second Program Period

In fulfilling its mission as a national research centre, KIT contributes to solving grand challenges which face society, science, and industry by performing top-rate research. These research and development activities are embedded in the superordinate program structure of six research fields of the Helmholtz Association. In the second period of the program-oriented funding (POF II, 2009 – 2014), KIT concentrates on 13 programs in four research fields:

 

Research Field Program 
 Energy
Earth and Environment
Key Technologies
Structure of Matter   

 

Third Program Period

In the upcoming funding period (POF III, 20015 – 2019), KIT will participate in 13 research programs of four research fields and will continue to operate three large-scale user facilities for research:

Energy
KIT is involved in all six Helmholtz programs of the research field Energy with an overall budget of about 117 million euros per year. KIT competence covers the whole energy chain from (renewable) sources via energy transformation and distribution to societal integration. Additionally, nuclear safety and fusion research are part of the portfolio.


Earth and Environment

KIT is involved in one of the five POF III Helmholtz programs of the research field Earth and Environment with an overall budget of about 23 million euros per year:

  • Atmosphere and Climate

The aim of the program is to gain a better understanding of the role of the atmosphere in the climate system. KIT experts have a vast expertise in the fields of atmospheric research, remote sensing and biosphere-atmosphere-hydrosphere exchange processes, as well as in the area of environmental risks and water research.

Key Technologies
KIT is involved in four of the nine Helmholtz programs  of the research field Key Technologies with an overall budget of about 81 million euros per year:

  • Supercomputing & Big Data
  • Science and Technology of Nanosystems
  • BioInterfaces in Technology and Medicine
  • Technology, Innovation and Society

KIT competence covers the areas of biotechnology and nanotechnology, micro- and nanoelectronics, optics and photonics, microsystems, and materials technology as well as information technology. Moreover, KIT operates one large-scale user facility: The Karlsruhe Nano Micro Facility (KNMF) offers open access to a broad portfolio of key and essential high-end equipment, use of complex process chains for structuring and characterising a multitude of functional materials, components, and systems at the micro and nano scale.

Matter
KIT is involved in all three Helmholtz programs of the research field Matter with a total budget of about 51 million euros per year:

  • Matter and the Universe
  • From Matter to Materials and Life
  • Matter and Technology

Research activities in the research field range from fundamental understanding of matter and the universe to the ability to control matter and materials down to the level of electrons and spins. Within Matter, KIT concentrates on (i) elementary particle physics including the Tier-1 data centre GridKa, (ii) astroparticle physics with neutrino physics, the search for Dark Matter and cosmic ray research, (iii) the synchrotron radiation facility ANKA, and (iv) advanced detector and accelerator developments.

The Grid Computing Centre Karlsruhe (GridKa) is one of eleven tier1 data centres worldwide providing compute and storage resources for the LHC experiment at CERN. The synchrotron light source facility ANKA is a particle accelerator dedicated to the production of light in its full spectral range (from THz to X-Ray radiations) and facets for the sake of research and technological innovation.