A special success of KIT in the Excellence Initiative I of 2006 was the winning of the third funding line: The Institutional Strategy “Foundation of KIT” focused on the merger of Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe with Universität Karlsruhe into KIT. As early as on October 01, 2009, both institutions merged into the new legal entity of KIT. The Institutional Strategy was funded from 2006 to 2012.
Within the Institutional Strategy, several new structures were established which are being continuously funded by the KIT:
The Council for Research and Promotion of Young Scientists (CRYS) is an internal committee at KIT that has been established after the approval of the Institutional Strategy I in 2007. Its purpose is to shape KIT`s intramural funding, especially concerning the measures outlined in the Institutional Strategy. Since 2012, it is also involved in internal pre-selection processes and quality assurance of applications for third-party funds.
The Karlsruhe House of Young Scientists (KHYS) serves as a platform for communication and interaction for all KIT junior researchers. It is aimed at both doctoral students and postdoctoral researchers up to two years after completion of their PhD. The KHYS is a central service unit that provides doctoral students with advice and assistance and supports them from the beginning of their thesis right through to their successful PhD graduation. Doctoral students can also turn to the KHYS for help with their further career planning.
The Young Investigator Network (YIN) offers a platform and a democratic representation of interests for the junior research leaders at KIT. A wide-ranging advanced training program is offered to network members to assist them in their further qualification as leaders in research and teaching or in the industry.
The House of Competence (HoC) is the central, research-based facility for interdisciplinary competence building.
Funded research as a result of internal competition was among the elements of the Institutional Strategy. The funds were primarily granted for research projects which opened up new research fields and broadened the competence portfolio of the KIT. For this reason, a number of Instruments of Research Funding was established that aimed at researchers at different career levels.