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. The TU Dresden (TUD) is one of eleven German Universities of Excellence since June 2012.
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.
As part of the 2nd phase (2012-2017) of the Excellence Initiative Programme launched by the German federal and state governments, the TUD was successful with its entire application package. This consists of:
1st line of funding: Graduate school
2nd line of funding: Cluster of Excellence
3rd line of funding: Institutional Strategy
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).