Heidelberg University and the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) have been awarded the Status of Excellence by the German Council of Science and the German Research Foundation, together with nine other German research institutions. Both institutions are minor shareholders of HITS. “Their status of excellence also confirms the excellence of our own research”, says HITS Scientific Director PD Dr. Wolfgang Müller. “The approval of at least two clusters of excellence was a prerequisite for being selected in the second funding round, We are very proud that two group leaders at HITS, Anna Wienhard and Frauke Gräter, are prominently involved in these excellence clusters.”
The Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies (HITS) was established in 2010 by the physicist and SAP co-founder Klaus Tschira (1940-2015) and the Klaus Tschira Foundation as a private, non-profit research institute. HITS conducts basic research in the natural sciences, mathematics and computer science, with a focus on the processing, structuring, and analyzing of large amounts of complex data and the development of computational methods and software. The research fields range from molecular biology to astrophysics. The shareholders of HITS are the HITS-Stiftung, which is a subsidiary of the Klaus Tschira Foundation, Heidelberg University and the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). HITS also cooperates with other universities and research institutes and with industrial partners. The base funding of HITS is provided by the HITS Stiftung with funds received from the Klaus Tschira Foundation. The primary external funding agencies are the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), the German Research Foundation (DFG), and the European Union.