The University of Münster promotes internationally renowned cutting-edge research in numerous scientific and academic fields, e.g. the interdisciplinary study of the relationship between religion and politics, evolutionary science, chemistry, physics and mathematics. Ten Leibniz Prize winners currently work in Münster. The University's outstanding research profile is further emphasised by 20 ERC grants (Starting, Consolidator and Advanced) and six Max Planck Research Award winners. The University of Münster is a host university to seven DFG Collaborative Research Centres. In addition to other DFG-funded research promotion projects, the University is home to a growing number of research programmes, financed through federal and EU funding programmes, and private foundations.
In September 2018 the national "Excellence Commission" will decide which three University of Münster proposals will be funded for seven years beginning in January 2019. In addition to applying for a renewal of the existing excellence clusters “Religion and Politics” and “Cells in Motion,” the University applied to fund a new project in mathematics, "Mathematics Münster. Dynamics – Geometry – Structure".
A total of 31 faculty-affiliated and cross-disciplinary research centres at the University of Münster demonstrate excellent diversity in research activities, promote interdisciplinary collaboration, and encourage dialogue and productive debate.
High-profile, cutting-edge research takes place in numerous scientific and academic projects. The DFG-funded collaborations at the University of Münster include collaborative research centres (SFB), priority programmes and research training groups. These are accompanied by other outstanding research projects, financed by the European Commission and German federal- and state-level agencies.