The Excellence Initiative aims to promote top-level research and to enhance the quality of German universities and research institutions. The Initiative will make Germany a more attractive research location, more competitive internationally and will focus attention on the outstanding achievements of German universities and
the German scientific community. After the Excellence Initiative was passed by the German federal and state governments in 2005, the DFG was given responsibility for
running the Initiative together with the German Science Council.
Between 2006 and 2011, the DFG received a total of €1.9 billion in additional funding for the three funding lines of the initiative (Graduate schools, Clusters of Excellence, and Institutional Strategies). In May 2009, the federal and state governments decided to continue the Excellence Initiative beyond 2012.
Following the funding decisions announced on Friday, June 15, 2012, 45 graduate schools, 43 clusters of excellence and 11 institutional strategies to promote top-level research at 39 universities will be funded with more than €2.74 billion for the next five years. Source: www.dfg.de
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Graduate schools play a key role not only in developing internationally competitive
centers of top-level research and scientific excellence in Germany, but also in increasing
their recognition and prestige. They serve as an instrument of quality assurance
in promoting young researchers and are based on the principle of training outstanding
doctoral students within an excellent research environment.
Clusters of Excellence
Clusters of excellence will enable German university locations to establish internationally
visible, competitive research and training facilities, thereby enhancing scientific
networking and cooperation among the participating institutions.
The Excellence Initiative provides funding for institutional strategies that are
aimed at developing top-level university research in Germany and increasing its
competitiveness at an international level.