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Excellence Initiative 2012-2017

Since November 2012, the University of Göttingen has been receiving funding for a Graduate School and a Cluster of Excellence in the second programme phase of the Excellence Initiative (2012 to 2017). This enables the “Göttingen Graduate School for Neurosciences, Biophysics, and Molecular Biosciences” and the Cluster of Excellence “Nanoscale Microscopy and Molecular Physiology of the Brain” to continue their successful work. Funding for the Institutional Strategy is not being renewed within the second programme phase of the Excellence Initiative.

The University receives funding from the German Research Foundation for a further two years for the Institutional Strategy measures successfully established in the first programme phase – the Courant Research Centres, Free Floater Research Groups, the Lichtenberg-Kolleg and Göttingen International. From 2015 on, these projects will be continued with support from the federal state of Lower Saxony. Furthermore, new measures to enhance the University’s further development, as set out in the renewal proposal, are planned for implementation with the assistance of the federal state and with additional third-party funding.

The University’s close cooperation with its non-university partners on site has been and remains crucial for the success of the Excellence Initiative projects. Together, these partners form the Göttingen Campus. Since 2006, this cooperation has also been set on an institutional footing in the form of the Göttingen Campus Council (GCC). The GRC identifies research foci of special future significance and advises the University’s executive boards and those of the non-university partners on issues relating to collaboration in research, teaching and the training of young academics.