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Research Collaborations

Acquisition of competitive project grants offered by external funding agencies, and participation in large-scale collaborative projects are important indicators of a university’s strengths in research. Both of these instruments facilitate innovative high-caliber research and support interdisciplinary and cross-border academic cooperation.

LMU attracts a wide range of research funding at regional, national, and European levels. Key sources are the German Research Foundation (DFG) and the European Union. The University consistently tops the list of German universities. Research programs and projects in all subject areas have received such support.


  • The Excellence Initiative

    In the second phase of the German Excellence Initiative, LMU again took the top spot: All of its proposals – four Graduate Schools, four Clusters of Excellence and its Institutional Strategy LMUexcellent – were selected for funding. more

  • German Research Foundation (DFG)

    Many members of the academic staff at LMU pursue common research goals together with colleagues, in the context of Collaborative Research Centers, Research Training Groups, Research Units and Priority Programs supported by the DFG. more

  • Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF)

    Over the past several years, LMU has obtained funding for many projects supported directly by the Federal Government. The University is also involved in six of the new National Health Research Centers, acting as coordinator in four cases, as partner in two others. more

  • EU projects at LMU Munich

    Leading academics at LMU are actively engaged, as contributing partners or coordinators, in EU-funded projects in various subject areas. more