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Excellence Initiative (2 nd Round 2012)

Baden-Württemberg, is also in the second phase of the programme which runs until 2017, the most successful state in the Excellence Initiative that is implemented on a federal and regional level. With the University of Heidelberg, Konstanz and Tübingen, three of Germany’s eleven elite universities are located in Baden-Württemberg. 22 of the nationwide total of 99 approved applications are allotted to Baden-Württemberg universities and, in fact, 12 of the total 45 approved graduate schools, seven of the 43 clusters of excellence and three of the nationwide eleven institutional strategies. Baden-Württemberg universities received a total approved amount of €571 million for the new programme period. Nationally, around €2.7 billion is available for the Excellence Initiative. A quarter of that amount is borne by the states.

Teil der Universität Heidelberg in der Altstadt

Part of the University of Heidelberg in the old town

The University of Heidelberg
(Future concept, 3 graduate schools, 2 clusters of excellence)

Heidelberg was successful with the future concept “Realising the Potential of a Comprehensive University”. The university received a total of €71.3 million for the implementation of the follow-up strategy. The strategy focuses on advancing the four comprehensive “Fields of Focus” to turn them into strategic instruments for the further development of the full-fledged University of Heidelberg. Furthermore, in Heidelberg, both clusters of excellence “Cellular Networks” and “Asia and Europe in a Global Context” are promoted as well as the three graduate schools: “Fundamental Physics”, “Mathematical and Computational Methods for the Sciences” and the “Hartmut-Hoffman-Berling International Graduate School of Molecular and Cell Biology".

Cluster of Excellence “The Cultural Basis of Integration”at the University of Konstanz

Cluster of Excellence “The Cultural Basis of Integration”at the University of Konstanz

The University of Konstanz
(Future concept, 2 graduate schools, 1 cluster of excellence)

The future concept “Modell Konstanz – towards a culture of creativity”, is promoted with a total of €66.4 million. The thematic focus of the Konstanz institutional strategy is dedicated to the research-conducive general conditions for top research in support of an expansion of the Konstanz “Kultur der Kreativität” (Culture of Creativity). The institutional strategy pursues two complementary goals to this end: the profiling of innovative research focus and the promotion of inventive and high-achieving researchers. The cluster of excellence “Cultural Foundations for Integration”, the graduate school “Chemical Biology” and the graduate school for Decision Science is also being promoted.

The University of Tübingen
(Future concept, 1 graduate school, 1 cluster of excellence)

The future concept in Tübingen, “Research – Relevance – Responsibility”, could also establish itself in the excellence competition. For this, the university receives €61.6 million. The future concept also intends to supplement the university’s core strengths in fundamental research through practical and translational aspects of research and thereby strengthening the university’s focus on topics with sociopolitical relevance. In Tübingen, the graduate school “Learning, Educational Achievement and Life Course Development” as well as the cluster of excellence “Interdisciplinary Center for Integrative Neuroscience (CIN)” is being promoted.

The University of Freiburg
(1 graduate school, 2 clusters of excellence)

Funding of the “Spemann Graduiertenschule für Biologie und Medizin” (Spemann Graduate School for Biology and Medicine) as well as the bioscientific cluster of excellence “Centre for Biological Signalling Studies”, will continue. A new area of funding is the neurotechnological cluster of excellence “Brain Links – Brain Tools”. This cluster should explore the function of the human brain and develop interfaces with which patients are able to control technical equipment via their nervous system.

© Universität Karlsruhe

Research at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

The Karlsruhe Institute for Technology
(2 graduate schools)

At the Karlsruhe Institute for Technology (KIT), two graduate schools are being promoted in the second phase of the Excellence Initiative: The focus areas of the “Karlsruhe School of Optics and Photonics” pertain to the areas of photonic materials and components, modern spectroscopy, biomedical photonics and optical systems. In the “Karlsruhe School of Elementary Particle Astroparticle Physics”, doctoral students from physics and engineering sciences are working together on theoretical investigations and large-scale facilities, dealing with questions from fundamental research as well as working on the development of modern technologies.

The University of Mannheim
(1 graduate school)

At the University of Mannheim, the graduate school “Empirical and Quantitative Methods in the Economic and Social Sciences (GESS)” is being promoted. The main focus of the education at the graduate school is the interdisciplinary cooperation in the economic and social sciences. The concept is borne by the shared interest in empirical and quantitative methods.

The University of Stuttgart
(1 graduate school, 1 cluster of excellence)

At the University of Stuttgart, the continuation of the cluster of excellence “Simulation Technology” has been granted. Furthermore, the “Graduate School for advanced Manufacturing Engineering” is being funded. The graduate school will dedicate itself to seven interdisciplinary research areas, and thus make an important contribution to the further development of the subject area “Manufacturing Engineering”.

University of Ulm
(1 graduate school)

The university of Ulm was successful with its proposal for renewal of the “International Graduate School of Molecular Medicine”. Thematic focus areas include developmental biology, ageing and regeneration as well as cancer, disorders of the cardiovascular system and infectious diseases.

Last updated: 2013-11-28