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Decisions on the first round of the excellence initiative announced

Funding decisions for the first round of the Excellence Initiative have been made. After a total of 88 proposals for the three funding lines were evaluated and discussed by international review panels and the Joint Commission of the German Science Council and the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation), the Excellence Initiative Grants Committee has awarded funding to 18 graduate schools, 17 clusters of excellence, and three institutional strategies. The decisions were announced in Bonn by the Federal Minister of Education and Research, Dr. Annette Schavan, as well as the Ministers of Science and Research, Professor Peter Frankenberg (Baden-Wrttemberg) and Professor Jrgen Zllner (Rhineland-Palatinate). For this first round, about 175 million euros have been approved per year to fund initiatives at 22 universities.

The following awards were made (universities in alphabetical order by city):

Graduate Schools

University Name of Graduate School
RWTH Aachen University Aachen Institute for Advanced Studies in Computational Engineering Science
Free University of Berlin Graduate School of North American Studies
Humboldt University Berlin Berlin School of Mind and Brain
Technical University of Berlin Berlin Mathematical School
Ruhr University Bochum Ruhr University Research School
University of Bonn Bonn Graduate School of Economics
University of Bremen Global Change in the Marine Realm
Dresden University of Technology Dresden International Graduate School for Biomedicine and Bioengineering
University of Erlangen-Nuremberg Erlangen Graduate School in Advanced Optical Technologies
University of Freiburg Molecular Cell Research in Biology and Medicine
University of Gieen International Graduate Centre for the Study of Culture
Hannover Medical School Hannover Biomedical Research School
University of Heidelberg Heidelberg Graduate School of F
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Contact: Dr. Jutta Rateike
jutta.rateike@dfg.de
49-228-885-2665
Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft
18-Oct-2006


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