Excellence Initiative of the federal and states governments
The German Universities Excellence Initiative of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research and the German Research Foundation is a twofold mission: It aims to promote top-level research and to improve the quality of German universities and research institutions.
Phase 1 and 2 of the Excellence Initiative
Between 2006 and 2011, in the first program phase, a total of € 1.9 billion in additional funding for the three funding lines of the initiative was made available. The three funding areas comprise: Graduate Schools to promote young researchers, Excellence Clusters to establish competitive research and training facilities, and Institutional Strategies aimed at developing top-level university research.
In May 2009, the federal and state governments decided to continue the Excellence Initiative beyond 2012 for another five years, providing a total of € 2.7 billion in additional funding. This second phase of the program was started in March 2010. The TUD believes to be able to compete in this second program phase.
Please find more information on the German Universities Excellence Initiative at the German Research Foundation (DFG) and the German Council of Science and Humanities (Wissenschaftsrat).