The Rhineland-Palatinate Research Initiative funded by the state's Ministry of Science and Health is supporting JGU in the national and international competition for financial support, top-level academics, and promising young researchers. Presently the ministry is funding 13 cutting-edge joint research projects of JGU with up to EUR 9.5 million per year overall. These projects – alongside other institutions such as the Precision Physics, Fundamental Interactions and Structure of Matter (PRISMA+) Cluster of Excellence – are representing JGU's most advanced research fields.
Top-level Research Areas
Brought together in the Top-level Research Areas of JGU are internationally established working groups that have already produced excellent results over a longer period of time.
The Ministerium für Wissenschaft und Gesundheit – MWG (Ministry of Science, and Health) – of Rhineland-Palatinate is currently funding the following Top-level Research Areas at JGU:
- 40,000 Years of Human Challenges: Perception, Conceptualization and Coping in Premodern Societies
- Mainz Institute of Multiscale Modeling (M3ODEL)
- ReALity – Resilience, Adaptation and Longevity
- Sustainable Chemistry as the Key to Innovation in Resource-efficient Science in the Anthropocene (SusInnoScience)
- TopDyn – Dynamics and Topology
High-potential Research Areas
Researchers in JGU's High-potential Research Area teams collaborate to develop new research concepts that could well make an essential contribution to enhancing the university's profile in the future.
Currently, the MWG is funding the following High-potential Research Areas of JGU:
- Disruption and Democracy in America: Challenges and Potentials of Transcultural and Transnational Formations (Obama Institute for Transnational American Studies)
- Sozial- und Kulturwissenschaften (SoCuM)
- Zentrum für Interkulturelle Studien (ZIS)
- Frühe Neuzeit: Figurationen des Nationalen: Transferräume – Kontaktzonen – Medien (Frühe Neuzeit)
- Interdisciplinary Public Policy (IPP)
- Positive Learning at Risk in the Age of Information (PLATO)
- Terrestrial Magmatic Systems (TeMaS)
- Zentrum für Schul-, Bildungs- und Hochschulforschung (ZSBH)
Because the first three High-potential Research Areas – Obama Institute, SoCuM and ZIS – conduct research in related fields, the plan in the medium term is to merge them into a single platform for cultural studies and social sciences.