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Initial call 2016-2019: Call for proposals
and evaluation

Proposal documents and further information

The implementation of the competitive procedure is based on the Administrative Agreement (Verwaltungsvereinbarung) adopted by the federal government and the states on 16 June 2016 on the Funding of Top-Level Research at Universities - "Excellence Strategy"

During its meetings in September 2016 and April and September 2017, the Committee of Experts for the Excellence Strategy adopted the following documents in the context of the proposal based on the Administrative Agreement for the Universities of Excellence funding line:

Excellence Strategy | Call for Proposals in the Universities of Excellence Funding Line (Funding period 1 November 2019 – 31 October 2026), 30. September 2016

Excellence Strategy | Universities of Excellence Funding Line - Funding Criteria

Excellence Strategy | Universities of Excellence Funding Line - Guidelines 

Instructions on writing letters of intent for the Universities of Excellence funding line (German version only)

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Excellence Strategy | Schedule for Excellence Strategy through 2019

Annotated proposal template for the Universities of Excellence funding line – proposal as an individual university:

Excellence Strategy | Proposal template with explanatory notes and model tables: Proposal as an individual university (PDF version)

Excellence Strategy | Proposal template with explantory notes for the Universities of Excellence funding line: Proposal as an individual university. General instructions for preparing the data annex

Excellence Strategy | Proposal template with explanatory notes for the Universities of Excellence funding line: Proposal as an individual university

Annotated proposal template for the Universities of Excellence funding line – proposal as a consortium of universities:

Excellence Strategy | Proposal template with explanatory notes for the Universities of Excellence funding line: Proposal as a university consortium

Excellence Strategy | Proposal template with explantory notes for the Universities of Excellence funding line: Proposal as university consortium. General instructions for preparing the data annex

Excellence Strategy | Proposal template with explanatory notes for the Universities of Excellence funding line: Proposal as a university consortium (PDF version)

Further information for applicants:

Presentation held at the information events for universities on 5 and 6 October 2016
(German version only)

Presentation held at the information events for universities on 30 and 31 May 2017

(German version only)

FAQ for the Universities of Excellence funding line
(14 November 2018 / German version only)

The proposal documents for the Clusters of Excellence funding line can be found on the DFG website.