Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU) München has once again taken the top spot in the German Excellence Initiative: In the Second Phase of the competition in 2012, all of the proposals submitted – for four new Graduate Schools, four Clusters and the Institutional Strategy – have been selected for funding. LMU Munich will also play an important role in a Cluster of Excellence hosted by the Technische Universität München (TUM). In this nationwide competition promoting top-level university research LMU Munich had already won awards in all three lines of funding in the first round of proposals in 2006.
The Graduate School of Neurosciences and Clusters of Excellence in the areas of Nanoscience, Protein Research, Laser Physics and Astro Physics, all of which were successfully launched in the first phase of the program, will receive continued funding until 2017. In addition, funding has been approved for the establishment of three more Graduate Schools in Systems Biology, Classical and Ancient Studies, and Eastern European Studies (in cooperation with the University of Regensburg), and a new Cluster of Excellence in the field of Systems Neurology. In the coming five years, LMU will vigorously pursue the strategic objectives set out in the University’s Institutional Strategy LMUexcellent, and further encourage the formation of priority areas, to achieve a sustained enhancement of LMU’s academic profile.