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Excellence Initiative (2005-2017)

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Excellence Institutions at the University of Freiburg

Three Freiburg institutions are receiving funding in the second round of the Excellence Initiative from 2012 to 2017. The renewal proposals of the Spemann Graduate School of Biology and Medicine (SGBM) and the cluster BIOSS Centre for Biological Signalling Studies received approval for five additional years of funding following their success in the first round of the Excellence Initiative. They were joined by the newly approved Cluster of Excellence BrainLinks-BrainTools. The university will thus receive up to 92.5 million euros during the current funding period ending in October 2017.

The Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies (FRIAS) is the University of Freiburg’s international research center. FRIAS was established with funding from the first round of the Excellence Initiative (2007–2012) to serve as the core of the university’s Institutional Strategy and has since been put on a solid long-term financial footing.


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