Excellence Strategy of the Federal and the State Governments
The Excellence Strategy agreed on by the federal and the state governments will be continuing the funding of top-class research at universities over and above the Excellence Initiative (2005-2017). The aim is for German universities to become even better in international competition and achieve first-class academic results.
The Excellence Strategy comprises two funding lines:
- Clusters of Excellence
In the Clusters of Excellence, individual projects are funded in internationally competitive fields of research at universities or by university consortia. The duration is for two periods of seven years; new applications can be made. The German Research Foundation (DFG) is responsible for developing and implementing this funding line.
- Universities of Excellence
This funding line serves to strengthen universities, either as individual institutions or as university consortia. Long-term funding is provided for strengthening a leading position in international research on the basis of successful Clusters of Excellence. A condition for any funding for a University of Excellence is therefore approval for at least two Clusters of Excellence at the same university (at least three Clusters in the case of university consortia). Universities of Excellence are subjected to evaluation every seven years. The German Council of Science and Humanities (Wissenschaftsrat) is responsible for developing and implementing this funding line