Helmholtz Participation in Clusters of Excellence

Five more Clusters of Excellence will receive funding of up to 40 million Euro each over the course of the next five years. The three new Clusters of Excellence incorporating contributions from Helmholtz centres focus on thetopics of bioeconomics, electromobility and immunotherapy.

BioEconomy Cluster

The Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ is a partner in the "BioEconomy Cluster", which is to exploit the potential of using biomass for the production of materials, chemicals and energy sources. Combined production processes and cascaded utilisation of raw materials are to allow for sustainable value creation.

Electromobility South-West

The Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and the German Aerospace Centre (DLR) take part in the Cluster of Excellence "Electromobility South-West". They collaborate with industry partners in providing new solutions for electromobility and develop low-emission and cost-efficient products enabling sustainable mobility.

Individualised ImmuneIntervention (CI3)

The German Cancer Research Centre (DKFZ) is involved in the cluster for "Individualised ImmuneIntervention" (CI3) located in the Rhine-Main region. Some 100 partners work on efficient active agents for immunotherapy featuring a low degree of side effects and diagnostic products for the treatment of cancer, autoimmune diseases and infections. The objective is to bundle the existing expertise in the Rhine-Main cluster region and develop it to an international top level standard.

Including the awardees from the third round, a total of fifteen Clusters of Excellence now receive funding totalling 600 million Euro. Helmholtz Association centres are involved in nine of these fifteen Clusters of Excellence.

Further Information:

www.helmholtz.de/spitzencluster (in German)

05.03.2012

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