Since 2009, the German Federal Foreign Office in cooperation with the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, the alliance of German science organizations, and the Association of German Chambers of Industry and Commerce has been setting up German Houses for Research and Innovation in various locations around the world. So far there are five of them. The various GHRIs are part of the German government's Strategy for the Internationalization of Science and Research. They present Germany as a land of research and innovation, and work to enhance international exchange and dialogue. Freie Universität Berlin's Liaison Office in New York has been in the GHRI there since 2010 and the one in São Paulo since February 2012.
The international network of Freie Universität encompasses seven liaison offices around the world. They are located in Beijing, Brussels, Cairo, Moscow, New Delhi, New York, and São Paulo. Their aim is to strengthen international cooperation and networks. Freie Universität Berlin's international network strategy won funding in the German government's Excellence Initiative in 2007 and 2012.