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Excellence Strategy

With the decisions in the Excellence Universities funding line, the Excellence Strategy completed the last stage of the first call round on 19 July 2019.

From 17 applicant universities and two applicant university networks, the Commission of Excellence responsible for the decision selected eleven applications for permanent funding.

Funding will be provided for the following ten universities of excellence and one excellence network (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

An overview of the 19 applicant universities or university networks in the first call for proposals can be found here.

About the Excellence Strategy funding programme

Following the Excellence Initiative (2005-2017), with which the Federal Government and the Länder have initiated a dynamic strengthening of the universities, the Excellence Strategy aims to continue and further develop what has been achieved. The aim is to continue to promote top scientific achievements, train profiles and continue and expand cooperation in the science system.

The basis for the Excellence Strategy programme is the administrative agreement in accordance with Article 91b (1) of the Basic Law, the New Federal Government/Länder Initiative - "Excellence Strategy" - for the promotion of top-level research at universities, which was adopted by the Federal Chancellor and the Minister Presidents of the Länder on 16 June 2016.

The Excellence Strategy programme is jointly implemented by the German Research Foundation (DFG) and the German Council of Science and Humanities (WR). It comprises two funding lines:

1 - Clusters of Excellence for project-based funding of internationally competitive fields of research at universities and university networks. The funding decision in the first round of calls for the funding line of Clusters of Excellence was made in September 2018. Further information can be found on the DFG website.

2 - Universities of Excellence to strengthen universities as institutions or as university networks in the long term and to expand their international leading position in research on the basis of successful clusters of excellence. The funding decision for the funding line "Excellence Universities" was made in July 2019. The German Science Council will be responsible for developing and implementing the procedure for the funding line "Excellence Universities" and for its evaluation, which will take place every seven years.

A committee of experts has been set up for the design of the funding programme. It is composed of a total of 39 individuals who have proven themselves in research in various fields of science and have many years of experience abroad, in university management, teaching or in industry. Its members were jointly proposed by the DFG Senate and the Scientific Commission of the German Science Council and appointed by the Joint Science Conference (GWK). The list of members can be found on the GWK website.

The Commission of Excellence decides on the funding of proposals in both funding lines. It consists of the scientific members of the expert panel and the federal and state ministers responsible for science.

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