Freie Universität focuses its expertise on cutting-edge research. In five interdisciplinary Focus Areas, researchers work on socially relevant, transdisciplinary issues. Fields of research promising for the future are developed in research clusters and other alliances.Freie Universität provides targeted support for young researchers. Many innovative and structured doctoral programs are comprised under the umbrella of Dahlem Research School, which serves as a framework that encompasses outstanding graduate programs. Graduate students working toward a doctorate can acquire excellent, structured training, as well as additional skills that optimally prepare them for a career in leadership positions.