The thematic and methodological linking of the subprojects and the associated interdisciplinary collaboration is crucial for the realization of the highly complex problem. For example, the planned optimization-based controls that meet the tough real-time requirements can only be developed if expertise from the fields of numerical methods, controller development, combustion technology and combustion chemistry is combined. The close cooperation between the research institutions is promoted by the extensive networking of the subprojects.

The subprojects work together in the shape of various global work packages ("Gesamtarbeitspakete", GAPs).
The following table shows an overall timeline of the top-level work program with the individual GAPs: