Karlsruhe Institute of Technology


KIT – The Research University in the Helmholtz Association – combines university tradition with program-oriented research. In 2009, the Technical University of Karlsruhe and Karlsruhe Research Center merged to KIT. The framework conditions presently offered to KIT researchers are accordingly unique in the German science system. Nowhere else can researchers use the infrastructure of a large-scale research center and collaborate at a university of excellence across the disciplines of natural sciences, engineering, economics, the humanities and social sciences. Research at KIT is aimed at creating new findings, applications, and solutions to master the global challenges facing humankind with pathbreaking contributions – in particular in the areas of energy, mobility, and information. The only German university of excellence with a national large-scale research sector offers unique education and training options for students and early-stage researchers. 

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University of Excellence

Successful in the funding line of “Universities of Excellence” in the Excellence Strategy competition launched by the Federation and the Federal States.

Helmholtz Programs

Involved in 13 programmes of the Helmholtz Association in the research fields Energy, Earth and Environment, Matter and Key Technologies.

Research Networks

Networked structures encourage interdisciplinary cooperation between scientists on current issues.


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Knowledge for society and the environment - from basic research to applications in natural sciences, engineering, economics, humanities and social sciences.

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Research News

News on recent research results and cooperations of KIT.

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Young Scientists

Excellent conditions and development opportunities for outstanding young researchers.




The scientific disciplines of the KIT are organized in five divisions.

KIT Centers

At the KIT Centers, scientists are working on division-overlapping research and innovation topics. In this way, interdisciplinary cooperation is supported at the KIT.


Research from fundamentals to application - in about 150 institutes at KIT.

Good Scientific Practice

Two ombudspersons act as contact for the employees of the KIT as persons of trust in supposed cases of scientific misconduct.

Research Office

With a comprehensive service, KIT's Research Office supports the acquisition of research funds and the coordination of research projects.

Young Investigator Network

The Young Investigator Network promotes the networking and advanced training of junior research group leaders and junior professors at KIT.

KIT Experts

From architecture to economics - KIT experts provide insight and background information on many topics. They can be reached via a central portal.

International Mobility

The International Scholars & Welcome Office supports foreign researchers planning a stay at the KIT.

Research and Publishing

The KIT Library offers a wide range of services to support research and publication processes.