Excellence Strategy

Excellence Strategy of the University of Stuttgart

The University of Stuttgart has been successfully involved in the federal-state programs Excellence Initiative and Excellence Strategy since 2007, currently with two clusters of excellence.

The University of Stuttgart currently has two clusters of excellence and is one of the strongest locations for fundamental research in Germany. The two clusters of excellence "Integrative Computational Design and Construction for Architecture" and "Data-Integrated Simulation Science" focus on addressing current pioneering research topics while exploring new avenues of interdisciplinary collaboration. This is an excellent environment for both researchers and students, with a unique infrastructure and numerous partners from the tech-oriented Stuttgart region, and worldwide.

As a leading university, we are dedicated to achieving excellence in science.

Prof. Wolfram Ressel, Rector of the University Stuttgart

Excellence in collaborative research projects

Research networks that excel in competitive selection processes and are positioned at the top of their field internationally are of paramount importance for the University of Stuttgart. These include, for example, DFG Collaborative Research Centers and DFG Research Training Groups as well as BMBF- and EU-funded large-scale projects.


Excellence in individual research

An important basis for high-caliber research is individual scientific excellence and visibility. There are numerous renowned researchers at the University of Stuttgart. They are internationally recognized and thus sought-after cooperation partners.

Excellence projects for the entire university

The University of Stuttgart has received strategy funding as part of the Excellence Strategy. This additional funding serves to strengthen the governance and strategic orientation of the university and offers members of the university many funding and participation opportunities in research, teaching and in the area of knowledge and technology transfer.

Agility Lab
Project for innovative management processes
Global Glimpse
Short term-stays abroad for early career researchers and staff from teaching and administration as part of the Global Glimpse funding program.
Interchange Forum for Reflecting on Intelligent Systems – SRF IRIS
Scientific network for reflecting on intelligent systems
Platform for scientific career options at the University of Stuttgart
School for Talents
Support program for talented students
Strategy Dialogues
Collaborative forums for shaping the university’s future
Terra Incognita Fonds
Funding program for bold research

Previous success in the Excellence Initiative

The expertise and team spirit of Stuttgart's scientific community has led to several achievements in the federal- and state-funded Excellence Initiative, the predecessor of the Excellence Strategy. From 2007 to 2017, the Excellence Cluster EXC 310 Simulation Technology and the GSC 262 Graduate School of Excellence advanced Manufacturing Engineering (GSaME) received more than ten years of funding. Both alliances have had a lasting impact on the profile of the University of Stuttgart and are still active today in research, teaching, and transfer.


This image shows Wolfram Ressel

Wolfram Ressel

Prof. Dr.


This image shows Manfred Bischoff

Manfred Bischoff

Prof. Dr.

Vice Rector for Research and Early Career Researchers

This image shows Michael Waldbauer

Michael Waldbauer


Head of Office of the Rectorate

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