Excellence Strategy – Ulm University is in!

The Excellence Strategy of the federal and state governments has launched – and Ulm University has submitted full proposals for two Clusters of Excellence in the fields of battery research and quantum technology. Purpose of the national Excellence Strategy is to strengthen the competitiveness of German universities on an international level.

Internationally competitive projects are supported in so-called Clusters of Excellence with funding of up to €10 million. Institutions who succeed in at least two Clusters of Excellence can then apply as 'Universities of Excellence'. The federal and state governments provide a total of €533 million per year within the framework of the Excellence Strategy. The Excellence Strategy is the continuation of the Excellence Initiative, which was initiated in 2005 by the federal and state governments.

Ulm University has already convinced in the federal and state funding initiative Innovative Hochschule, an extension of the Excellence Strategy which addresses Universities of Applied Sciences and higher education institutions. The alliance InnoSÜD with the Universities of Applied Sciences in Biberach, Neu-Ulm and Ulm receives about €15 million in funding. Goal is the expansion of the knowledge and technology transfer in the Danube-Iller region.

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

Stage win on the path to excellence

Ulm University is successful in the federal and state governments' Excellence Strategy: the researchers were invited twice to submit full proposals in the competition for so-called Clusters of Excellence. Out of 195 projects, Ulm's draft proposals in the fields of energy storage and conversion (with the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology) as well as quantum technology (with the University of Stuttgart) made it into the final round.

In the next step, an expert panel will review the now-submitted full proposals and select up to 50 projects that will receive funding from January 2019 on. The annual funding for a Cluster of Excellence ranges from three to ten million euros for two terms of seven years.

If both Clusters of Excellence are granted, Ulm University will apply as 'University of Excellence'.

Press release from 29 September 2017: GermanEnglish

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

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)