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Clusters of Excellence – Excellence Strategy

Freie Universität Berlin (FU), Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (HU), and Technische Universität Berlin (TU), along with Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin are applying jointly in the German government’s Excellence Strategy competition under the name Berlin University Alliance. The new, nationwide funding competition, which follows the Excellence Initiative, is intended to further strengthen academic excellence, research cooperation, and the profile of universities in Germany. In the fall of 2018, seven clusters of excellence, i.e., larger research projects, were approved for the four Berlin partners, which permitted them to apply for the excellence title together as a university alliance. The decision as to who will receive the excellence title will be announced on July 19, 2019. In addition to the Berlin University Alliance, 17 other universities and another alliance are in the running. Up to eleven Universities of Excellence will be funded beginning in November 2019. If successful, the Berlin University Alliance can apply for a total of 196 million euros in seven years to implement its strategic plans.