Strong in Research

True to its motto ‘Science for Society’, Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg (JMU) is committed to advancing research in a wide range of disciplines. Research awards and prizes confirm JMU’s place among the world’s high-performing research universities.

On the University Board, Prof. Dr. Caroline Kisker is responsible for the portfolio of research and academic career development. Prof. Dr. Matthias Bode is responsible for the areas of innovation and knowledge transfer.

The basis for excellent research and teaching at JMU is networked work across faculty and institute boundaries.

Our research: future-oriented and internationally recognised

Excellence Strategy

For the 2026 – 2032 funding period, JMU together with the two Munich universities will submit a full proposal for a new Cluster of Excellence. In addition, a continuation proposal will be submitted for the existing Cluster of Excellence in Physics ct.qmat.

Excellence Strategy
Cluster of Excellence ‘Complexity and Topology in Quantum Matter’ (ct.qmat)



AI in Lie Detection: Social Harmony at Risk?

Computer-generated image: child with a dice

Whether Children Lie Depends on the Social Environment

Research awards and prizes regularly confirm the success of the JMU

Nobel Prizes
A total of 14 Nobel Laureates have – at least temporarily – researched and taught at Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg.

Leibniz Prizes
The German Research Foundation (DFG) awards the Leibniz Prize each year to up to ten outstanding scientists and academics.

ERC grants
The ERC grants awarded by the European Research Council (ERC) are the most prestigious research grants in Europe.

Heisenberg professorships
Four scientists are working at the University Hospital Würzburg that are being funded under the Heisenberg Programme (DFG).

Research centres in Würzburg

Third-party funded projects

Academic career development

Graduate Schools

Our four cross-faculty Graduate Schools provide an excellent interdisciplinary research environment for our doctoral researchers.