Outside the mainstream university budgets, research funding in Saxony-Anhalt is concentrated on priority areas, cooperation networks and location profiles, and the universities are encouraged to gear their development concepts in line with this. In this way, scientific excellence can emerge and have a positive impact on the cooperation between science and industry. The identified research priorities have been significantly strengthened and are now both nationally and internationally visible.

In essence, research excellence is aimed at strengthening and expanding basic research, systematically generating ideas and attracting ‘bright minds’. The key point is that definitive new ideas and visions can emerge from the interaction between the results achieved and current developments.