The Center for Research Strategy (CRS) is the successor to the Center for Cluster Development. It promotes cutting-edge research at Freie Universität Berlin. The team at the Center for Research Strategy supports and assists the scholars, scientists, and researchers at the university in developing university-wide research networks, called “Focus Areas.” The CRS offers conceptual consultation services, information, start-up grants, and it promotes quality assurance in the Focus Areas through evaluations. Its objective is to support the Focus Areas with their project initiatives, increase their public visibility, and – extending beyond common projects – enhance their appeal to international scholars.
As part of the career path model, the CRS uses the funding lines Dahlem International Network Junior Research Groups, Dahlem International Network Professorships, and Dahlem International Network Postdocs to support outstanding young talents on their way to a professorship. It also organizes Junges Wissenschaftsforum Dahlem, which began its activities during the 2013 summer semester and which offers junior researchers from across the university and its partners in the region a platform for discussing and developing ideas.