The excellence initiative was instituted by the German federal and state governments in order to strengthen cutting-edge university research in Germany. For the current, second round of funding, 2.5 billion Euros have been allocated for the five year period beginning in November of this year. This money will be supplied by the federal (75%) and state (25%) governments. The concrete funding figures will be released by the DFG in July.
Prof. Dr. Dieter Lenzen, President of the University of Hamburg: "I congratulate the participating scientists on their success and thank all colleagues who were active in the development of the research programs and the formulation of the proposals. This is an important stimulus for our university and an acknowledgement of the research and scientific performance."
Professor Martin Claußen, Chair of the cluster of excellence CliSAP: "We are very happy about this success, which means that climate research will receive sustainable funding in the coming five years and thereafter together with the University and the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg. During the first funding period we were able to attract bright minds to Hamburg and effectively strengthen climate research in the natural and social sciences. Thereby, we were able to build bridges between fields of natural, economic, social and cultural sciences. At the same time, the University of Hamburg and its partner institutions, the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology and the Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht intensified their cooperation. Together we were able to gain new knowledge, for example on climate prediction and climate dynamics, on the influence of humans on the climate, on the climate of Metropolitan Hamburg, on climate and violent conflicts as well as on the topic of climate and communication. We developed new approaches to the transfer of knowledge. During the second funding period we will strengthen our profile in classical climate research, extend interdisciplinary climate research and make a flying start with a strong team made up of scientists from all over the world."