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Excellence Initiative (2005-2017)

The Excellence Initiative aims to promote top-level research and to improve the quality of German universities and research institutions in general, thus making Germany a more attractive research location, making it more internationally competitive and focussing attention on the outstanding achievements of German universities and the German scientific community.

After the Excellence Initiative was passed by the German federal and state governments, the DFG was given responsibility for running the initiative together with the German Science Council.

The aims of the Excellence Initiative will be continued under the

Annual Surveys

Die DFG erhebt bei den Graduiertenschulen, Exzellenzclustern, Sonderforschungsbereichen und Graduiertenkollegs Informationen zu beteiligten Personen und eingerichteten Professuren. Interner Linkmore

Excellence Initiative at a Glance

The Programme by the German Federal and State Governments To Promote Top-level Research at Universities. Link auf PDF-Dateimore

Excellence Initiative: Video Potraits of Funded Projects

The playlist shows portraits of all projects funded in the excellence initiative. English versions of alle films are available for download beneath the German portraits.