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 will be available for Clusters of Excellence and Universities of Excellence. In this new "Excellence Strategy", LMU has cleared the first hurdle. 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 competition in 2012, all of LMU's proposals were selected for funding. LMU Munich 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.