With four respectively three full proposals, the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and Heidelberg University are each entering the competition for the "Clusters of Excellence funding line" within the scope of the "Excellence Strategy by the German federal and state governments".
The draft proposals "3D Matter Made to Order" and "Exploring Dark Matter", two joint initiatives that have their roots in HEiKA and four of its six research bridges, convinced the international Committee of Experts in the first selection round.
3D Matter Made to Order (3DMM2O)
„3D Matter Made to Order“, the joint initiative by the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology and Heidelberg University, pursues a marked interdisciplinary approach combining natural and engineering sciences. The research cluster focusses on far-reaching 3D additive technologies – from the molecular to the macroscopic scale. That way devices and systems will evolve from multi-material printing at the nanoscale, at maximum speed and resolutions, and create a push and pull for previously inaccessible scientific applications in material and life sciences. http://www.3dmattermadetoorder.kit.edu/
Exploring Dark Matter – Properties and Interactions of an Invisible World
With the joint initiative „Exploring Dark Matter“ Heidelberg University and the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology pursue the research into Dark Matter, that accounts for 83 percent of our Universe, is invisible and the existance of which is inferred only through its gravitational interactions so far. The research cluster deliberately brings together a diverse community of particle and astroparticle physicists, astrophysicists, cosmologists and engineers aiming to decipher the nature of Dark Matter.