Fields of Focus
Interdisciplinary dialogue is of particular importance in Heidelberg’s institutional strategy, “Heidelberg: Realising the Potential of a Comprehensive University”. In the first funding phase of the Excellence Initiative, four main areas of research, the Fields of Focus, have emerged on which interdisciplinary research cooperation would concentrate. These four interactive fields are to be advanced even further during the second funding period as the core of Heidelberg’s research strategy.
Through the Fields of Focus, a major part of the university’s research and teaching endeavours can be united around a topic and individually supported. The successful projects of the other two funding lines of the Excellence Initiative, the Clusters of Excellence and the graduate schools, will also be integrated into these main areas of research. In so doing, the continuing institutional strategy is aimed at giving the fields of focus the necessary infrastructure for effective advancement and ensuring profitable connections with the rich institutional research environment around Heidelberg University. The Fields of Focus will thus become strategic instruments for the further development of Heidelberg as a comprehensive university.