The Graduate School of Neurosciences and Clusters of Excellence in the areas of Nanoscience, Protein Research, Laser Physics and Astrophysics, all of which were successfully launched in the first phase of the program, will receive continued funding until 2018 as well as three new 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. Since then, LMU has continued to vigorously pursue the strategic objectives set out in the University’s Institutional Strategy LMUexcellent, further encouraged the formation of priority areas, and has thus achieved a sustained enhancement of LMU’s academic profile.
In June 2016, Federal and State Governments agreed to extend the Excellence Initiative in a modified form. The aim of the new Excellence Strategy is to support the further development of cutting-edge research at German universities. Beginning in 2019, funding lines will be available for Clusters of Excellence and Universities of Excellence. In this Third Phase of the initiative, LMU has now cleared the first hurdle. In the preliminary evaluation by an international Committee of Experts, five of its draft proposals for Clusters of Excellence (four of which were submitted in collaboration with the Technical University of Munich) were favorably received. The detailed proposals were submitted in February 2018. The funding decision will be announced in September 2018.