IQST is funded by the Federal State of Baden-Württemberg, Carl Zeiss Foundation, Ulm University and University of Stuttgart.

Carl Zeiss Foundation

Founded in 1889 by the physicist and mathematician Ernst Abbe, the Carl Zeiss Foundation is the oldest private science funding institution in Germany. The Foundation considers itself to be a partner for people engaged in visionary and outstanding academic work in the fields of natural science and engineering. Basic research and application-orientated science are equally important to it. The goal is to create an open environment for scientific breakthroughs in both disciplines. The Carl Zeiss Foundation is a funding institution in the federal states of Baden-Württemberg, Rhineland-Palatinate and Thuringia. It finances its funding activities through dividends paid by the two foundation companies Carl Zeiss AG and SCHOTT AG.

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Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts

The Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts represents key areas of Baden-Württemberg policy. As the supreme state authority, its jurisdiction extends to all universities in the state, most of the non-university research institutions, scientific libraries and archives and significant art institutions in Baden-Württemberg. At present there are over 70 universities in state and private ownership in Baden-Württemberg. Outside the universities there are in Baden-Württemberg over 100 established research institutions, including 12 research institutes of the Max Planck Society, 15 institutes of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, 13 contract research organizations and two national research centers of the Helmholtz Association. In a number of these facilities, the Science Ministry participates institutionally or supports research initiatives in the financing.

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Ulm University

Ulm University, founded in 1967, has an excellent reputation for innovative research, as well as successful interdisciplinary training. In the British Times Higher Education ranking “THE 150 Under 50”, Ulm University has again improved its position; In the newly published comparison of young universities founded less than 50 years ago, Ulm University is currently ranked 13th worldwide. Its four faculties (Engineering, Computer Science and Psychology; Mathematics and Economics; Medicine; Natural Sciences) support approximately 10,000 students and offer interesting opportunities for young academics. In an outstanding environment of research and teaching, students and scientists are working to meet the challenges of tomorrow. They profit from the university’s location in a high-tech region of Germany with many world-class companies. The university plays a central role in the Science City of Ulm, not only as the region's biggest educational facility, but also as an important source for research and development (R&D).

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University of Stuttgart

The University of Stuttgart is a leading European research university for the engineering and natural sciences with a specialty in linking these subject areas with the humanities and social sciences. Their distinguished profile in interdisciplinary collaboration is reflected e.g. by both projects sponsored by the excellence initiative of the German Federal Government and the German States: namely, the excellence cluster „Simulation Technology“ and the graduate school „Advanced Manufacturing Engineering“. It is a well-established educational institution in high-demand worldwide.  Today the University of Stuttgart is divided into ten faculties with 56 undergraduate programmes and 20 postgraduate programmes.  There are approximately 20,000 students and 7,000 employees. The University meets the requirements of the working world with the internationalisation of the broad range of courses offered, with numerous on-line course offered in teaching and continuing education and with its intensive support for start-up companies. 

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