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Decisions on the second round of the Excellence Initiative announced
Date:10/22/2007

Funding decisions for the second round of the Excellence Initiative have been made. Following evaluation and discussion of a total of 92 proposals for the three funding lines 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 21 graduate schools, 20 clusters of excellence, and six institutional strategies. The decisions were announced in Bonn by Dr. Annette Schavan, the Federal Minister of Education and Research, and, representing the German states, the Berlin Science Senator, Professor Jrgen E. Zllner, and the Minister of Education and Cultural Affairs of Saxony-Anhalt, Professor Jan-Hendrik Olbertz. The President of the DFG, Professor Matthias Kleiner, and the Chairman of the German Science Council, Professor Peter Strohschneider, explained the decision-making procedure and its outcome. Approximately one billion euros have been approved to fund initiatives at 28 universities in this, the second round of the Excellence Initiative.

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

Graduate Schools
University: Name of Graduate School

  • University of Bayreuth: Bayreuth International Graduate School of African Studies

  • Free University of Berlin: Muslim Cultures and Societies: Unity and Diversity

  • Free University of Berlin: Friedrich Schlegel Graduate School of Literary Studies

  • Humboldt University Berlin: Berlin-Brandenburg School for Regenerative Therapies

  • Humboldt University Berlin: Berlin Graduate School of Social Sciences

  • University of Bielefeld: Bielefeld Graduate School in History and Sociology

  • University of Bonn: Bonn-Cologne Graduate School of Physics and Astronomy

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Contact: Eva-Maria Streier
em.streier@dfg.de
49-228-885-2250
Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft
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