German Center for Rail Transport Research

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German Center for Rail
Transport Research - DZSF -

State level Federation
Supervisory authority Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure
founding 23 May 2019
Headquarters Dresden and Bonn
Authority management Corinna Salander
Servants 12
Web presence

The German Center for Rail Transport Research (DZSF) is an independent, technical and scientific departmental research institution of the federal government. It was founded on May 23, 2019 and is located as an independent federal institute at the Federal Railway Authority . Its task is to strengthen rail traffic in Germany through application and solution-oriented research.

The budget for 2019 is 5 million euros and is expected to increase to 20 million euros in 2020. In 2020, staff will first be built up and the research content (along the federal research program) will be specified.


The coalition agreement for the 19th electoral term provides for a German Center for Rail Transport Research (DZSF). This center is supposed to document research findings, control and coordinate research projects and also carry them out itself. This is intended to achieve a more effective use of resources and a permanent strengthening of the rail transport mode.

The DZSF deals with the central issues of the rail sector as defined in the Federal Research Program Rail and provides solutions for them. Research fields are

The cross-cutting issues of digitization , automation , migration and legal issues are assigned to these three subject areas . These cross-cutting issues complement the integrative approach of the federal research program.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Head of the Center for Rail Transport Research has been established. In: Press release 03/2019. Federal Railway Office, October 14, 2019, accessed on October 17, 2019 .
  2. Federal Budget 2020 - Section 12 - Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure. Federal Ministry of Finance, accessed on August 26, 2020 (overview of positions / vacancies, page 247).
  3. Scheuer: Rail is more than a piece of steel on a ballast bed. In: Press release 042/2019. Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure, May 23, 2019, accessed on June 7, 2019 .
  4. D. Delhaes, D. Fockenbrock: random walk with the web . In: Handelsblatt . No. 104 , May 31, 2019, ISSN  0017-7296 , p. 12 f .
  5. Corinna Sander: The DZSF is on the track . In: Your train . No. 1 , January 2020, ISSN  0948-7263 , p. 6 f .