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LMU takes an important hurdle in the second phase of the Excellence Initiative

Three new Graduate Schools and a new Cluster of Excellence in the final round

Munich, 03/02/2011

The Joint Selection Committee set up by the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, DFG) and the German Council of Science and Humanities (Wissenschaftsrat) has now announced the list of new projects submitted to the second phase of the Excellence Initiative that have reached the final round of the selection process. The Federal and State Governments agreed to extend their successful Excellence Initiative for a further 5 years in 2009. Proposals submitted by LMU Munich for the establishment of three new Graduate Schools (“Distant Worlds”: Munich Graduate School for Ancient Studies, the Graduate School of Quantitative Biosciences Munich, and a Graduate School for Eastern and South Eastern European Studies – this last a proposal submitted together with Regensburg University) are among those that have been selected. Also among the contenders on the last lap is a new Cluster of Excellence to be coordinated by LMU (Munich Cluster for Systems Neurology). In the current round of evaluations only new submissions were considered. LMU will present its case for an extension of funding for ongoing projects already supported by the Excellence Initiative in September.

“We are very happy for the LMU researchers who developed and wrote the successful preproposals, and we will give them every support in the coming critical months,” said LMU President Professor Bernd Huber. “We have taken an important hurdle in this second phase of the Excellence Initiative, but we are very conscious of the fact that the competition can only get tougher.”

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