The Universty of Bremen is a mid-sized University with a broad array of disciplines. Its research profile is shaped to a great extent by marine and climate research in the natural sciences, engineers in the field of production and manufacturing technology, and the social sciences. These main areas encompass four collaborative research centers, the DFG Research Center/Cluster of Excellence "The Ocean in the Earth System (MARUM)", two graduate schools and several research training groups. Two further collaborative research centers are located in the fields of logistics and spatial cognition – in both these areas, computer science is particularly prominent. In the humanities, smaller research networks work alongside individual scholars excelling in their respective fields of studies.
The designation of six high-profile areas further enhances the University’s profile, which is rounded off by cooperation with the non-university institutes belonging to renowned research societies (Max-Planck, Helmholtz, Fraunhofer, Leibniz). Hardly any other university can boast in relation to its size so many non-university research institutions in its immediate neighborhood: This close proximity opens up possibilities for intensive cooperation on research projects and there are currently around 30 joint professors working both within and outside the University walls. This impressive research infrastructure is attracting more and more enterprises to locate in the technology park which encircles the campus. Some 400 high-tech corporations have already located here. Last not least, the close cooperation with other universities throughout the North West of Germany leads to a mutual strengthening of the institution's potential. Since 1997, for instance, the Hanse-Wissenschaftskolleg (HWK) – Institute for Advanced Study – has been making a major contribution to international networking as well as to regional cooperation.
The University of Bremen has always had a strong focus on the promotion of young talents and outstanding research across the whole spectrum. The University had already established doctoral research groups long before the DFG research training groups came into existence. It created the competitive tenure track for "junior professors" (assistant professors) which became known as the "Bremen Perspective". The most recent development is the University’s Graduate Center, an umbrella unit set up to support all aspects of doctoral studies. And finally, the University’s Central Research Development Fund is based on competitive calls in accordance with DFG standards and offers a total of 60 full-time research positions for innovative research projects in all its faculties. This type of innovative model has become the hallmark of the University.