On 21 February 2018, Friedrich Schiller University submitted two full proposals for Clusters of Excellence to the German Research Foundation (DFG): "Balance of the Microverse" and "Enlightening the Receptome: From Biophysics to Clinical Applications". The proposals focus on the life and nature sciences, one of them being a joined project in cooperation with the University of Würzburg. Both proposals were put forward as part of the federal programme Excellence Strategy.
On September 27, 2018, the university was granted funding for one Cluster of Excellence. As the Excellence Commission, consisting of the members of the international Committee of Experts and the research ministers of the federal and state governments, announced today in Bonn, Jena’s proposal for the cluster ‘Balance of the Microverse’ is among the 57 selected consortia which will be funded by the German Excellence Strategy for the following seven years. In the Cluster of Excellence ‘Balance of the Microverse’, the University cooperates with its University Hospital and external research institutions. After having been among the winners with its Graduate School ’Jena School for Microbial Communication’ in 2007, this is the first Cluster of Excellence for Jena.
Led by the motto ‘Light, Life, Liberty — Connecting Visions’, the Friedrich Schiller University Jena will advance its profile in the upcoming years. In this context, the successful Cluster of Excellence ‘Balance of the Microverse’ has a vital role. A cluster of the universities in Jena and Würzburg with other partners, which was not granted the funding within the Excellence Strategy, represents another focus of the University. The joint cluster ‘Enlightening the Receptome’ is about to systematically research the receptome and its diversity as a whole. Both clusters thus play a central part in developing the University’s profile lines ‘Light, Life, Liberty’.
In cooperation with the University Hospital, external research institutions, and research-oriented companies, the researchers of the Friedrich Schiller University Jena will take on global challenges, for example, climate change, a sustainable energy supply, ageing, personalized therapies, social change, or the struggle against infectious diseases.
News release of Friedrich Schiller University
For more information on the Cluster of Excellence "Balance of the Microverse", see here.
For more information on the Research Cluster "Enlightening the Receptome", see here.
For further information on the Excellence Strategy, please see here.