The Excellence Strategy is the follow-up programme to the Excellence Initiative and is coordinated by both the German Research Foundation (DFG) and the German Council of Science and Humanities (WR). The goal of the Excellence Strategy is to continue to develop and enhance Germany as an international research location and to strengthen its international competitiveness. Furthermore, successful projects initiated during the Excellence Initiative are to be provided a long-term perspective.
The Excellence Strategy includes two funding lines:
- Clusters of Excellence that carry out research projects in internationally competitive research fields at individual universities or through university consortia.
- Universities of Excellence for the sustained support of universities as they continue to develop top-level international research. The prerequisite for being designated as a University of Excellence are at least two established Clusters of Excellence.
The University of Konstanz submitted three full cluster proposals to the DFG in February 2018. The funding decision for the Excellence Cluster funding line was announced on 27 September 2018: Two of the three submitted cluster initiatives will be funded: The “Centre for the Advanced Study of Collective Behaviour” and "The Politics of Inequality: Perceptions, Participation and Policies”. Since two Clusters of Excellence are the prerequisite for competing in the second funding line "Universities of Excellence", the University of Konstanz has submitted a full proposal in this funding line in December 2018.
The German Council of Science and Humanities will announce the final decision in regard to the second funding line in July 2019.
The Excellence Initiative at the University of Konstanz
The University of Konstanz was successful in the first round of the Excellence Initiative when its Cluster of Excellence "Cultural Foundations of Social Integration” was recognised in 2006. This was followed by the recognition of its institutional strategy "Modell Konstanz - Towards a Culture of Creativity” as well as its Konstanz Research School Chemical Biology in 2007. In the second round of the Excellence Initiative in 2012, the university enhanced its standing with its Graduate School of Decision Sciences, the extension of the previously accepted programmes, and the repeated recognition of its institutional strategy.