Achievements in the German Excellence Initiative

Excellence Initiative of the German Federal and State Governments

Funded Projects at TU Darmstadt

The first phase of the Excellence Initiative started in 2007. Photo: Katrin Binner
The first phase of the Excellence Initiative started in 2007. Photo: Katrin Binner

The “Excellence Initiative for the Promotion of Science and Research at German Universities”, a joint programme funded by the German federal and state governments for promoting cutting-edge research in Germany, was launched in 2005. In a multi-stage competitive process, applications were accepted for three different funding lines – clusters of excellence, graduate schools and institutional strategies.

The projects selected for the first phase of the programme started in 2007 and were initially funded for the period up to 2012. In 2012, the projects for the second phase of the programme were selected. It was possible to apply for extensions and new projects with funding up to 2017.

You can find out more information about the Excellence Initiative and the three funding lines on the DFG website.


Clusters of Excellence

The Formation of Normative Orders

Coordinator: Goethe University Frankfurt am Main
Funding period: 2007 to 2017

Participation by the Institute for Political Science and Political Economy at the TU Darmstadt
Contact at TU Darmstadt: Prof. Dr. Jens Steffek (Department of History and Social Sciences)

Graduate Schools

Computational Engineering – Beyond Traditional Sciences

Coordinator: Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Michael Schäfer (Department of Mechanical Engineering)
Funding period: 2007 to 2017

Darmstadt Graduate School of Energy Science and Engineering

Coordinators: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Johannes Janicka (Department of Mechanical Engineering), Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Wolfram Jaegermann (Department of Materials and Earth Sciences)
Funding period: 2012 to 2017


Completed projects