Excellence Strategy

Heidelberg University has successfully participated in the competition for the title of “University of Excellence” with its concept of a Comprehensive Research University. It is therefore one of ten individual universities and one university consortium that will receive funding as Universities of Excellence within the framework of the Excellence Strategy of the Federal and State Governments. 

Building on its success in all three funding lines of the first and second round of the Excellence Initiative, Heidelberg University will continue leveraging its special strengths in order to drive innovation in research, teaching and knowledge transfer and contribute to the solution of complex societal challenges. To this end, the University is strengthening its individual disciplines while also undertaking great efforts to combine competencies from different subject areas and create new structures and research foci. The aim is to recruit outstanding scientists and scholars and excellent junior researchers from Germany and abroad and retain them at the University, to create an attractive research environment with a superb infrastructure and to allocate resources strictly according to merit. The University attaches great importance to the principle of equal opportunity and to supporting female scientists. As a major societal stakeholder, Heidelberg University is actively shaping the future by promoting responsible knowledge transfer in cooperation with its strong local, regional and international partners.

Applicants in the University of Excellence funding line needed two successful cluster initiatives, three for university consortia, to be eligible. At Heidelberg University, the two Clusters of Excellence 3D Matter Made to Order – together with the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology – and STRUCTURES have now begun their work.