Research at Freie Universität Berlin is characterized by the diversity of the academic networks the university maintains as well as by interdisciplinary fields of research that establish research foci and set future research trends. The main features of Freie Universität’s research activities include the broad variety of global academic and scientific cooperation arrangements in place as part of alliance projects and interdisciplinary networks with other entities active in research. The goal is to identify social, economic, and cultural trends on a global scale and to develop relevant fields of research.
Freie Universität Berlin works continuously to expand and strengthen its national, international, and interdisciplinary research networks. The university promotes the transfer of knowledge and offers junior scholars an outstanding level of education. The excellent quality of research at Freie Universität Berlin is confirmed by the high positions it achieves in university rankings. Freie Universität’s institutional development strategy won recognition and funding in the German government’s Excellence Initiative in 2007 and 2012. The importance of the university’s research achievements is reflected in its steady increase in external funding in the past years and in the many prestigious research awards received by scholars of Freie Universität Berlin.