Clusters of Excellence (COE) is a funding initiative launched by the FWF to further strengthen Austria's position as a top international location for science and research. These "Clusters of Excellence" enable groups of scientists to anchor a field of research at the top international level in Austria in the long term through outstanding cooperative achievements.
Climate Change Graz submitted a proposal together with renowned Austrian research institutions, which was selected by an international jury from 35 concept proposals for the final decision round. The decisive factors were the innovative potential and scientific excellence. The finalists have now submitted their full proposals. The decision will be made after their review and a hearing in March 2023, when an international jury will again evaluate the proposals. The first "Clusters of Excellence" will be able to start their research work from June 2023.
The Board of Directors (BOD) is composed of the following eight senior scientists from the seven research institutions: Ilona Otto (University of Graz), Andreas Stohl (University of Vienna), Gottfried Kirchengast (University of Graz), Erwin Schmid (University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences), Linda See (IIASA), Wolfgang Wagner (Vienna University of Technology), Thomas Blaschke (Paris Lodron University Salzburg), Elke Ludewig (ZAMG).