Research at Freie Universität Berlin is characterized by disciplinary and transdisciplinary excellence and the diversity of its academic networks – both internationally and in the Berlin-Brandenburg science hub. The strategic approach to research at Freie Universität Berlin, which is reinforced by the Excellence Initiative, focuses on the flexibility of new as well as established structures.
In academic terms, Freie Universität Berlin has been profoundly shaped by its humanities. Nationally outstanding and internationally acclaimed, the humanities form an essential strand of its top-level research activities. Due to the university’s global networks and international focus, the social sciences and highly successful area studies are a central element of the university’s research profile.
Freie Universität Berlin’s natural sciences are as uniquely concentrated as they are diverse. Multifaceted networks contribute to their excellence of research: with the medical school Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin (joint department of Freie Universität Berlin and Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin), with the three other major universities and numerous non-research institutions in the Berlin-Brandenburg area.
Since 2006, one of the special features of research at Freie Universität Berlin is the university’s targeted formation of research alliances called Focus Areas. The Focus Areas form academic and scientific networks and working platforms for interdisciplinary and interinstitutional collaborative research at Freie Universität.