Modern research is often interdisciplinary. This is especially visible in the four profile areas of TU Dortmund University. In Production and Logistics, researchers develop innovative ideas for processing materials and shape the management of goods flows and production processes together with experts at the Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics. Chemical Biology and Biotechnology, the second profile area, brings together several strong partners. Here, Germany's largest Faculty of Biochemical and Chemical Engineering, Dortmund's Max Planck Institute of Molecular Physiology, and the Faculty of Chemistry cooperate with other research institutions. In the third profile area, Modeling, Simulation and Optimization of Complex Processes and Systems, computer scientists, mathematicians, statisticians, engineers and economists work together to model technical processes and economic developments. A fourth key area is Youth, School and Education Research, providing significant impulses for national and international educational policies.
In 2011, TU Dortmund University obtained research grants of more than 76 million Euros. This includes funding from the German Research Foundation (DFG) for several collaborative research centers, transregional collaborative research centers, research units and priority programs. The grants also support young scientists who come to TU Dortmund University for its exceptional PhD programs including DFG research training groups.