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Research profile

Alte Aula 250x125The concept of the comprehensive research university is a central component of Heidelberg University's institutional strategy and ensured the University's success in the German Excellence Initiative. The University places special emphasis on initiating and maintaining a dialogue across traditional subject boundaries and developing new forms of interdisciplinary cooperation. The following are four of the University's outstanding research areas, the so-called Fields of Focus (FoF):

FoF 1: Molecular and cellular basis of life

FoF 2: Structure and pattern formation in the material world

FoF 3: Cultural dynamics in globalised worlds

FoF 4: Self-regulation and regulation: individuals and organisations


The two clusters of excellence "Asia and Europe in a Global Context" and "Cellular Networks", both funded by the Excellence Initiative, represent additional research foci. Another strength of Heidelberg University lies in its numerous collaborations and alliances with non-university research institutions and companies in Heidelberg and the Rhine-Neckar region and its strong involvement in two top-level clusters of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research.


Central Research Institutions


Institutes and Departments


Research Performance Indicators

Exzellence Initiative

Fields of Focus

Collaborative Research Centres

Research Training Groups

Research Units

ERC Starting Grants

ERC Advanced Grants


Heidelberg University Nobel Laureates

Leibniz Laureates (Ger)


Research Cooperations with local partners

Industry Cooperations and Technology Transfer

Non-University Research Institutions

Affiliated Organisations



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