TU Braunschweig has been succesful in the Excellence Strategy 2018 with two clusters. The research projects "QuantumFrontiers" and "SE²A" will be funded for seven years starting in 2019. The programme Excellence Strategy supports cutting-edge research at German universities and is supposed to strengthen Germany's position as an outstanding place for research in the long term and further improve its international competitiveness. The Excellence Commission chose the Clusters of Excellence "SE²A - Sustainable and Energy Efficient Aviation" and "QuantumFrontiers" of Technische Universität Braunschweig among others out of 88 proposed projects.
The research cluster "Energy System Transformation in Aviation" deals with the challenge of making future air traffic efficient while meeting the competing demands for continuous growth and environmental sustainability at the same time. Under the umbrella of the research alliance, researchers at TU Braunschweig and Leibniz Universität Hannover submitted the draft proposal "Sustainable and Energy Efficient Aviation" (SE²A) for funding in line with the Excellence Initiative. "Energy System Transformation in Aviation" is part of the joint research area "Mobilise".
With the research alliance of TU Braunschweig and Leibniz Universität Hannover researchers of both Universities intensified their cooperation in the strategic research area QUANOMET - Quantum- and Nanometrology. In close collaboration with Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB) Braunschweig, this resulted in the joint excellence cluster proposal QuantumFrontiers - Light and Matter at the Quantum Frontier: Foundations and Applications in Metrology, which has recently been elected for the final round of the German excellence initiative research funding program.