With the establishment of the applied research focus areas, the Hochschule Kaiserslautern has been on the way to improving its research profile for many years now. These research focus areas involve university-wide cooperations between Professors that work on externally funded projects. They are designed to be interdisciplinary and pioneering. After an invitation for proposals, followed by an external audit, the university’s senate committee established three focus areas as early as in 2005. In 2016, a fourth research focus area was added. Currently, all focus areas are funded by state research initiatives as part of measures to improve the region's research profile.