On 21 February 2018, Jena Friedrich Schiller University submitted two applications for "Clusters of Excellence" to the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (German Research Foundation): "Balance of the Microverse" and "Enlightening the Receptome: From Biophysics to Clinical Applications". Both applications have been submitted as part of the "Exzellenzstrategie des Bundes und der Länder" (Excellence Strategy Programme of the Federal Republic of Germany and the Federal States). These applications were turned in on 21 February 2018. In addition, Friedrich Schiller University submitted a declaration of intent to the Germam Science Council, regarding their intention to also apply in the programme of "Exzellenzuniversitäten" ("Excellent Universities"). The applications for the Clusters of Excellence both originate in the life and natuire sciences. One of the applications is a joined project in cooperation with the University of Würzburg.
The decision on the "Clusters of Excellence" funding programme will be published in September 2018. If both Clusters were to be accepted into the Programme by September 2018, Friedrich Schiller University will submit a full application document to be accepted into the funding programme for "Excellent universities".
For further information regarding the background of the German "Exzellenzstrategie" (Strategy of Excellence Programme of the Federal Republic of Germany and the Federal States), please see here.