Below you will find information about activities undertaken by the Forschungsverbund Berlin (FVB) in cooperation with partners from universities, research institutions and industrial enterprises. Activities include involvement in Collaborative Research Centers, Priority Programs and Research Units funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG); participation in graduate research schools, Leibniz research alliances and networks; as well as labs operated jointly with universities.

Projects and networks funded by the European Commission can be found here.

Berlin Research 50

The aim of a joint initiative undertaken by Berlin’s non-university research institutions is to strengthen the capital’s role as an international science hub. They have joined forces to create BR50 (Berlin Research 50). BR50 is based in Adlershof, where it all comes together under the umbrella of FVB.
Go to the BR50 website

Networking with universities

FVB is part of a wide range of national and international networks and initiatives. It has particularly close links to universities. Not only FVB institute directors but also many senior researchers hold chairs at universities. Currently around 40 professors have been jointly appointed with Berlin’s universities – Technische Universität Berlin, Freie Universität Berlin, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and Charité – as well as with the University of Potsdam and Goethe University Frankfurt. In addition to teaching at the above institutions, FVB scientists also lecture at over 20 other universities in Germany and abroad. FVB has around 1,900 employees (as of 31 December 2019), including Bachelor and Master students, degree candidates, doctoral students and visiting researchers.

DFG programs

Here is a list of the DFG Collaborative Research Centers, Priority Programs and Research Units in which FVB is involved.

  • FOR 1735  Structural Inference in Statistics: Adaptation and Efficiency (WIAS)
  • SFB 765  Multivalency as Chemical Organisation and Action Principle: New Architectures, Functions and Applications (FMP)
  • SFB 787  Semiconductor Nanophotonics: Materials, Models, Devices (WIAS)
  • SFB 910  Control of Self-Organising Non-Linear Systems: Theoretical Methods and Concepts of Application (WIAS)
  • SFB 958  Scaffolding of Membranes: Molecular Mechanisms and Cellular Functions (FMP)
  • SFB 1078  Protonation Dynamics in Protein Function (FMP)
  • SFB 1114  Scaling Cascades in Complex Systems (WIAS)
  • SFB 1294  Data Assimilation - The seamless integration of data and models (WIAS)
  • SPP 1506  Transport Processes at Fluidic Interfaces (WIAS)
  • SPP 1590  Probabilistic Structures in Evolution (WIAS)
  • SPP 1623  Chemoselective Reactions for the Synthesis and Application of Functional Proteins (FMP)
  • SPP 1679  Dynamic Simulation of Interconnected Solids Processes (WIAS)
  • SPP 1748  Reliable Simulation Techniques in Solid Mechanics - Development of Non-Standard Discretisation Methods, Mechanical and Mathematical Analysis (WIAS)
  • SPP 1840  Quantum Dynamics in Tailored Intense Fields (QUTIF) (MBI)
  • SPP 1886  Polymorphic uncertainty modelling for the numerical design of structures (WIAS)
  • SPP 1962  Non-smooth and Complementarity-Based Distributed Parameter Systems: Simulation and Hierarchical Optimization (WIAS)
  • TRR 154  Mathematical Modelling, Simulation and Optimisation Using the Example of Gas Networks (WIAS)
  • TRR 186  Molecular Switches: Spatio-temporal Control of Cellular Signal Transmission (FMP)
Graduate schools

Here you can find out about graduate research schools and research training groups in which FVB is involved.

Joint Labs

The joint labs in which FVB institutes are involved are listed below.

Leibniz Competence Center for Procurement

The Leibniz Competence Center for Procurement (LKCB) was launched at the Forschungsverbund Berlin on October 1, 2020. LKCB, created as an initiative of the Leibniz Headquarters and several Leibniz institutes, is the first joint cooperative center in the area of administration within the Leibniz Association. The intention is for LKCB to pool joint procurements within the Leibniz Association and to tender framework agreements on a national basis. The objective is to obtain better purchasing conditions for all institutes, to draw on synergies, and to advise individual institutes with regard to demanding EU tenders.

Other networks

FVB is also involved in numerous other networks and initiatives, which are listed here.