The LOEWE research funding programme (State Offensive for the Development of Scientific and Economic Excellence) is the excellence programme run by the German State of Hesse.
The aim of the LOEWE programme is to support differentiation and profile building between the research institutions in Hesse and to increase their national and international competitiveness through better networking and targeted strengthening of already existing research expertise.
Furthermore, the objective is to utilise the innovative strength of the research institutions for developing the Hessian economy. The LOEWE funding is provided as initial project financing and is designed to help the research institutions in Hesse to apply for third-party funds on a larger scale and to successfully participate in major national and international collaborative projects.
LOEWE offers three funding lines (research centres, research clusters, SME projects). Calls for proposals are launched regarding the institutional programme lines (research centres, research clusters) – on an annual basis for research clusters and on an irregular basis for research centres.
You can find out more information about the LOEWE programme and the three funding lines on the website of the Hessen State Ministry of Higher Education, Research and the Arts. As the number of applications per university is limited, the two-stage application process is subject to a preceding selection process within the university.
You will find an overview of projects funded by the LOEWE programme that were applied for by scientists at TU Darmstadt below. The LOEWE Research Centres are generally operated together with non-university research institutes and/or other universities.
Directions for applicants (in German)
Please contact the Directorate for Research and Technology Transfer if you are planning to submit an application.