Since 2007, the German Research Foundation (DFG) has targeted climate studies in Hamburg for funding: The Cluster of Excellence "Integrated Climate System Analysis and Prediction" (CliSAP) is a joint initiative by the University of Hamburg together with the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology, the Institute of Coastal Research at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht and the German Climate Computing Center. The 10-year research program will receive funding of around 50 million euros. After that, the City of Hamburg will take over part of the funding within the framework of its efforts to promote sustainability.
The CEN is CliSAP’s "university home": As a result of their close and fruitful cooperation within the Cluster of Excellence, the institutes have merged into a single research center – where new scientific topics and projects beyond CliSAP’s own research fields are explored. Furthermore the CEN is the university’s representative at the KlimaCampus, a Hamburg-based network that was initiated by CliSAP.
CEN currently coordinates the application for funding for Hamburg's climate research in the context of the next Excellence Strategy.