Excellence Strategy – Ulm University is in!

Ulm University succeeds in the Excellence Strategy and wins a Cluster of Excellence in the area of battery research. From January 2019 on, the research project 'Energy storage beyond lithium - new storage concepts for a sustainable future' will receive funding of up to ten million euros for an initial seven years. In a highly selective procedure, an 'Excellence Commission' consisting of high-ranking international experts as well as state and federal science ministers selected 57 clusters.

Press release

At the forefront in battery research and quantum technology

At the forefront in battery research and quantum technology
Ulm University is going into the next round with full proposals for Clusters of Excellence in the fields of battery research and quantum technology:

•    'Energy storage beyond lithium – new storage concepts for a sustainable future'
•    'Quantum sciences from basics to application: development of quantum instruments of the future'

Important foundations for these applications are being laid in the University's strategic development areas 'Energy Conversion and Storage' and 'Quantum Technology'. The participating researchers from Ulm, Karlsruhe and Stuttgart also work closely together in the 'Centre for Electrochemical Energy Storage' (CELEST) and the 'Center for Integrated Quantum Science and Technology' (IQST).

Energy Conversion and Storage

In the Science City Ulm, partners from Ulm University and industry-oriented research institutions optimise batteries and fuel cells for electric mobility and the energy revolution – from basic research to the pilot production facility.
Research page


Quantum Technology

The understanding and utilisation of the laws of quantum physics pave the way to future technologies like the quantum computer, high-performance sensors and optimised imaging techniques. The interdisciplinary group of researchers focuses on quantum technology in order to master these quantum systems and their application.
Research page

Corporate video:  TQuant - Translational Quantum Science (Stuttgart and Ulm Universities, MPI-FKF)

Schedule for the Excellence Strategy

  • 21 February 2018: Submission of full proposals for Clusters of Excellence
  • 27 September 2018: Funding decision on applications for Clusters of Excellence
  • 10 December 2018: Submission of applications for the funding line 'University of    Excellence'
  • 01 January 2019: Start funding Clusters of Excellence
  • 19 July 2019: Funding decision on applications for Universities of Excellence
  • 01 November 2019: Start funding Universities of Excellence

Press release from 27 September 2018: German - English

Press release from 29 September 2017: German – English

Interview with Prof. Joachim Ankerhold, uni ulm intern, May 2018 (in German only)

Millions of funding on the road to excellence - Press release from 4 June 2018: Support from Carl Zeiss Foundation