The Berlin University Alliance won funding as a group in the Universities of Excellence funding line of the German government’s Excellence Strategy. The four Berlin partners – Freie Universität Berlin, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Technische Universität Berlin, and Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin – submitted a joint proposal entitled Crossing Boundaries toward an Integrated Research Environment.
They expect that the many different subjects in the humanities, natural and social sciences, life sciences, and engineering along with the innovative power in Berlin will promote cutting-edge research and make research in Berlin even more visible internationally. During the past ten years, an increasingly comprehensive, vibrant, and diverse culture of cooperation has evolved among these institutions. There are numerous joint research projects in various constellations, as well as growing cooperation in teaching and the promotion of young talent and increased use of joint infrastructures.
On December 10, 2018, the three universities submitted the joint proposal to the German Council of Science and Humanities in Cologne. The decisions were announced on July 19, 2029. The Berlin University Alliance won funding as the only University Consortium of Excellence.