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Berlin University Alliance Wins Excellence Status

Second huge success for three major Berlin universities and Charité in the German Excellence Strategy competition


Major award for Berlin: The Berlin University Alliance has won funding as a group in the Universities of Excellence funding line of the German federal and state governments’ Excellence Strategy. The German Council of Science and Humanities announced the decision on July 19, 2019, in Bonn. The four Berlin partners – Freie Universität Berlin, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Technische Universität Berlin, and Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin – submitted a joint proposal entitled Crossing Boundaries toward an Integrated Research Environment and in a highly competitive process were able to convince the reviewers of its feasibility. As of November 1, 2019, they will receive up to 196 million euros at first over a seven-year period. The Berlin Senate will contribute an additional 6 million euros annually through the Einstein Foundation Berlin to support top-level appointments and research projects.

More information: www.tu-berlin.de/?206811&L=1 

Three Clusters of Excellence for TU Berlin

In the Excellence Strategy research competition run by the German federal and state governments, three Clusters of Excellence of Technische Universität Berlin are to receive funding.  Starting in 2019, the three interdisciplinary research projects, “Unifying Systems in Catalysis”, “MATH+”, and “Science of Intelligence”, will be funded for seven years with up to ten million euros each per annum. After the first seven years, with a renewal proposal, it may be possible to extend the funding a further seven years. TU Berlin had submitted four proposals in total.

In total seven Clusters of Excellence for Berlin

In addition to the three Clusters of Excellence of the TU Berlin, four Clusters of Excellence from Freie Universität Berlin, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and Charité-Universitätsmedizin Berlin have been successful. These excellent results fulfill the prerequisite for the planned collaborative proposal by the four institutions in the Excellence Strategy. 

UniSysCat: Sustainability Needs Catalysis Research


SCIoI: Learning to understand intelligence


Cluster with TU Berlin participation

Matters of Activity: Image Space Material

The Matters of Activity cluster at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin aims to establish the foundation for a new material culture. The project’s central vision is to develop images, spaces, and materials as active structures of a new physical and symbolic reality, in which nature and culture intertwine in a novel way.

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Veronique Riedel
TU Berlin
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