Systematic pooling of subject-specific expertise was one of the primary goals of the German Excellence Initiative. In Clusters of Excellence top-notch scientists and scholars from Freie Universität work together in interdisciplinary groups in close collaboration with other research institutions and partners in industry and business to find innovative solutions to current issues.
The Excellence Clusters are an important part of Freie Universität's strategic planning. They help to shape the university’s profile and accelerate the process of establishing thematic priorities.
The activities of the Excellence Clusters are devoted to different tasks, including the following:
Freie Universität is involved in four Clusters of Excellence: