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Excellence Competition

With the Excellence Strategy, the German federal and state government are strengthening top-level university research. Funding is provided for Clusters of Excellence in specific research fields and for Universities of Excellence as strategic support for outstanding university locations. The Excellence Strategy builds on its predecessor programme - the Excellence Initiative from 2007 to 2017.

In October 2007, Bielefeld University was selected for the Excellence Initiative of the German Federal and State Governments with the Cluster(s) of Excellence Cognitive Interaction Technology and the graduate school Bielefeld International Graduate School in History and Sociology successful. Both were funded for a further five years in 2012 following the decision by the German Research Foundation (DFG) and the German Council of Science and Humanities in the Excellence Initiative of the German federal and state governments. In the current round of the competition, Bielefeld University was represented - unfortunately unsuccessfully - with four draft proposals in the Clusters of Excellence funding line on research topics from the fields of artificial intelligence, mathematics, behavioural research and uncertainty research.

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