FUMIN cluster proposal takes important hurdles
On 29 September 2017 the German Research Foundation (DFG) announced which of the 195 submitted draft proposals of Clusters of Excellence made the leap into the second round of the excellence competition within the framework of Germany’s Excellence Strategy. The FAU has now been selected to proceed to the full proposal stage for the Cluster “Engineering of Functional Material Interfaces (FUMIN)”.
The FUMIN cluster aims for ground-breaking steps towards a fully rational design and knowledge-driven engineering of functional interfaces. With a focused research approach, an interdisciplinary team of scientists from the fields of materials research, chemical- and bioengineering, chemistry, physics and electrical engineering is striving for groundbreaking innovations in process and energy technologies. The planned Cluster of Excellence is based on the structures and results of the previous cluster “Engineering of Advanced Materials (EAM)” and is intended to further strengthen the leading role of FAU in the area of material and process research.
From the proposals to be submitted by 21 February 2018, the expert committee will select projects for funding by 27 September 2018. In contrast to the previous rounds, there are only two funding lines in the current edition of the competition: Cluster of Excellence and the University of Excellence.