KIT succeeded with proposals for the Karlsruhe School of Elementary Particle and Astroparticle Physics: Science and Technology (KSETA) and the Karlsruhe School of Optics & Photonics (KSOP). KSETA is a central component of the KIT Elementary Particle and Astroparticle Physics Center KCETA. KSOP meanwhile has turned into an established first-class training and research institution in the field of optical technologies.
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. On October 01, 2009 already did both institutions merge into the new legal entity of KIT. The Institutional Strategy was funded from 2006 to 2012.
Funding of the Excellenzcluster Center for Functional Nanostructures (CFN) will phase out after twelve years in 2012/2013.