2007 - 2012
With its future concept of the “International Network University,” Freie Universitaet Berlin was one of nine German universities selected in 2007 to receive funding in the Excellence Initiative jointly sponsored by the German federal government and the governments of the German states.
2012 - 2017/18
The follow-up proposal “Veritas – Justitia – Libertas. International Network University” was approved in the Excellence Initiative in 2012 for another five years until 2017 together with five other German universities. Since 2012 until 2017/18 the Freie Universitaet Berlin has hosted two clusters and was participated in three clusters of excellence, four graduate schools of excellence, and participating in five graduate schools.
2019 - 2025
In the Excellence Strategy research competition run by the German federal and state governments in 2018, seven Clusters of Excellence of Freie Universität Berlin, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Technische Universität Berlin, and Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin have been adopted in total. This successful acquisition considerably strengthens research in the network of Berlin's scientific institutions as well as the science location Berlin.
The goal of the initiative is to further develop top university research, identify new, forward-looking fields of research, and ensure that research at German institutions is on a firmly competitive footing at the international level. The research performed is not divided into fixed institutional units, but rather is brought together in an interdisciplinary structure with the aim of creating working areas to generate overarching topics having to do with global future developments and for various areas of social, economic, or political importance.
Languages of Emotion (2007 - 2014)
NeuroCure - Towards a Better Outcome of Neurological Disorders(2007 - 2017/18)
UniCat - Unifying Concepts in Catalysis (2007 - 2017/18)
Image Knowledge Composition. An Interdisciplinary Laboratory (2012 - 2017/18)
Graduate School for North American Studies(2006 - 2018)
Friedrich Schlegel Graduate School of Literary Studies (2007 - 2018)
Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies (2007 - 2018)
Graduate School of East Asian Studies(2012 - 2018)
Berlin Mathematical School (Graduate School together with: Technische Universität Berlin and Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, 2006 - 2018)
Berlin-Brandeburg School for Regenerative Therapies (Graduate School of the Charité-Universitätsmedizin Berlin, together with the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, 2007 - 2018)
Berlin School of Mind and Brain(Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, 2007 - 2018)
Berlin Graduate School of Social Sciences (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, 2007 - 2018)
Berlin School of Integrative Oncology(Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin, 2012 - 2018)