The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is having a large impact on the life of many students, particularly in financial terms. In order to support students who find themselves in sudden financial hardship, several universities have set up student emergency funds for those who are struggling to continue their studies. The Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies (HITS) has decided to contribute to these efforts by making two donations to the Student Emergency Funds at Heidelberg University and the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). The donation was made possible by the Klaus Tschira Foundation, which also supports other relief projects during these challenging times.
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.