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Excellence Strategy

The decisions for the Universities of Excellence funding line were taken on 19th July 2019. Thereby, the Excellence Strategy completed its final stage in the first round of calls for proposals.

From left: WR Chairwoman Martina Brockmeier, Federal Minister Anja Karliczek, Bremen Senator Eva Quante-Brandt and DFG President Peter Strohschneider | Photo: Wissenschaftsrat/Peter Nierhoff Excellence Strategy | Announcement of the decisions From left: WR Chairwoman Martina Brockmeier, Federal Minister Anja Karliczek, Bremen Senator Eva Quante-Brandt and DFG President Peter Strohschneider Source: Wissenschaftsrat/Peter Nierhoff

Decisons

From among 17 applicant universities and two applicant university consortia, the Excellence Commission responsible for the decision-making selected 11 proposals for permanent funding.

The following ten universities of excellence and one excellence consortium will receive funding (in alphabetical order):

  • Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule Aachen
  • Verbund Berlin
  • Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn
  • Technische Universität Dresden
  • Universität Hamburg
  • Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg
  • Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT)
  • Universität Konstanz
  • Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
  • Technische Universität München
  • Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen

PDF list of funded universities and the university consortium in the Universities of Excellence funding line

Interactive map of the funded universities and the university consortium in the Universities of Excellence and Clusters of Excellence funding lines

Joint press release by the WR and the DFG (Zur Gemeinsamen Pressemitteilung von Wissenschaftsrat und Deutscher Forschungsgemeinschaft)

An overview of the 19 applicant universities and university consortia in the first round of calls for proposals can be found here (German version only).

About the Excellence Strategy funding programme

Through the Excellence Initiative (2005–2017) a dynamic strengthening of universities was initiated by the federal and state governments. The Excellence Strategy is designed to maintain and build on the successes of the preceding programme. It is aimed at the continuous promotion of research excellence, enhancing profiles and continuing and expanding collaborations in the research and higher education system.

The Excellence Strategy programme is based on the administrative agreement (Verwaltungsvereinbarung) adopted on 19th October 2016 by the Federal Chancellor and the Prime Ministers of the States pursuant to Article 91b (1) of German Basic Law (Grundgesetz), the new federal/state initiative “Exzellenzstrategie” – zur Förderung von Spitzenforschung an Universitäten (Excellence Strategy – Promoting top-level research at universities).

The Excellence Strategy programme is carried out by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (German Research Foundation, DFG) in collaboration with the Council (WR). It consists of two funding lines:

1 - Clusters of Excellence provides project-based funding for internationally competitive areas of research at universities and university consortia. The latest funding decisions in the “Clusters of Excellence” funding line were taken in September 2018. Further information is available on the DFG website.

2 - Universities of Excellence is aimed at institutionally strengthening universities and university consortia and further improving their international leader position in research based on successful clusters of excellence. The latest decisions in the “Universities of Excellence” funding line were taken in July 2019. The Council is responsible for the development and implementation of the Universities of Excellence funding line procedure as well as for its reviewal, which takes place septennially.

A committee of experts was set up to design the funding programme. It is made up of 39 members in total. All of them have a proven track record in research in various research fields as well as many years of international experience from the areas of university management, teaching or business. The members were jointly proposed by the DFG Senate and the Scientific Commission of the Council and appointed by the Joint Science Conference (GWK). A list of current members is available at the GWK website.

The Excellence Commission is responsible for the decision-making regarding proposals in both funding lines. It is made up of the research members of the Expert Panel as well as the federal and state science and research ministers.

Information on the Excellence Initiative (2005-2017) can be found here.