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Clusters of Excellence

The Excellence Initiative has been extended in a modified form: The aim of the new "Excellence Strategy" is to support the further development of cutting-edge research at German universities. Funding lines are available for Clusters of Excellence and Universities of Excellence. Four Clusters of Excellence submitted by LMU, which were all put forward in collaboration with the Technical University of Munich (TUM), were approved for funding. The successful projects deal with research topics ranging from systems neurology and energy research to quantum science and the origin of the universe. Funding started in January 2019 and will be provided for an initial period of seven years. More information

In the Second Phase of the Excellence Initiative, four Clusters of Excellence coordinated by LMU were selected for funding in 2012. LMU also functioned as host university of a Cluster of Excellence coordinated by the Technical University of Munich (TUM).

In Clusters of Excellence, established investigators in various disciplines work together on solutions to problems of broad scientific and socioeconomic relevance – in close cooperation with non-university research institutions and commercial firms. The stature of the scientists involved and the quality of the research environment provided ensure that the Clusters also offer optimal training and career development opportunities for junior researchers.

  • Nanosystems Initiative Munich (NIM)


    It is one of the principal objectives of NIM to create a broad range of artificial and multifunctional nanosystems, to understand the way they function and ultimately to control them. The focus ranges from quantum nanophysics to nanosystems for energy conversion and biomedical nanotechnologies. more

  • Center for integrated Protein Science Munich (CiPSM)


    At CiPSM, scientists are developing a new kind of protein research. The focus of interest is on the role of proteins, which as central biological macro-molecules condition, among other things, the structure and function of all organisms. more

  • Munich-Centre for Advanced Photonics (MAP)


    At MAP, researchers in photonics are developing new coherent light sources and laser-driven particle sources. MAP's aims are to achieve higher intensities, complete control of light pulses, better frequency precision and higher pulse power. more

  • Munich Cluster for Systems Neurology (SyNergy)


    Neurodegenerative, inflammatory and vascular disorders have traditionally been studied in isolation from each other. SyNergy has chosen to take an integrative approach to unravel the interactions between the different underlying pathologies. more

  • Origin and Structure of the Universe (Speaker University: TUM)


    The Cluster brings together around 250 astrophysicists, nuclear and particle physicists to decipher the innermost structure of matter, space and time, probing the nature of the fundamental forces, and exploring the development, geometry and composition of the Universe. more