Research Profile

Young, Keen to Experiment, Strong in Research

The University of Bremen is a young, medium-sized research university and one of the world's top 50 young universities. The university carries out top-level research, both in interdisciplinary research networks and in an individual manner. Together with the local research institutes and cooperation partners, it constitutes the leading research hub in northwest Germany.

The university is a top performer in its five high-profile areas. In these areas, Bremen's researchers are looking for answers to the future questions of today's societies: The oceans and the global climate, the future of industrial production, the social conflicts of modern welfare states, the interfaces of digital technology and humans, and justice in healthcare.

The university’s high-profile areas are built on a broad spectrum of subjects, which are preserved in their diversity so that new links and research questions can emerge.


Close Cooperation within the Region

Cooperation is inseparable from science. In our region in particular, close and trusting cooperation creates new synergies in research, development, and science transfer. The university therefore maintains close contact with local research institutes and has founded the U Bremen Research Alliance, which brings together the eleven non-university research institutions located in and financed by the State of Bremen.


Great Success in Third-Party Funding Acquisition

A particular strength of the University of Bremen is its great success in the acquisition of third-party funds, both in individual as well as in collaborative research. The greater part of such funding comes from the German Research Foundation (DFG). In addition to the MARUM Cluster of Excellence, the University of Bremen is currently involved in seven Collaborative Research Centers and several DFG Research Units and DFG Priority Programs.


Bremen is also successful in the funding lines of the European Union. In addition to various ERC grants, numerous projects in the field of collaborative research, research infrastructures, and Marie Curie mobility measures have been acquired.


The University is also the home of various science prizewinners; among others, several Leibniz Prizes have already been granted to the University of Bremen.


Talent Support as a Strategic Goal

The targeted support of young talent, unlocking potential, and enabling early independence are key objectives pursued by the University of Bremen. We support our academics in DFG Research Training Groups, numerous Junior Research Groups, as well as through doctoral programs, in cooperation with non-university research institutions - among other ways. With BYRD - Bremen Early Career Researcher Development, the University of Bremen has a graduate center that systematically supports researchers at all career levels.

High-profile Areas

Learn more about our five high-profile areas:

• Marine, Polar and Climate Research

• Social Change, Social Policy and the State

• Material Sciences

• Mind, Media, Machines

• Health Sciences



Excellence Initiative and our Institutional Strategy

The University of Bremen is one of eleven universities that was successful in the 2011 Excellence Initiative with its institutional strategy paper entitled Ambitious and Agile. The MARUM Cluster of Excellence and the BIGSSS Graduate School were also awarded funding. Find out how the University used the grants to advance research.


Facts and Figures

Key information about the University of Bremen, including an international comparison, can be found on the following pages:

- Facts and Figures

- Rankings

- Awards

- Report on Third-Party Funding

Ongoing Projects and Grants from Third-Party Funds

German Research Foundation (DFG) Funding

Bremen researchers are very successful in acquiring funding from the German Research Foundation (DFG), which accounts for about 40 percent of total external research funding. Longer-running institutions funded by the DFG are the university’s five Collaborative Research Centers.


Federal Funding

The federal government supports research in various framework programs, in which many Bremen researchers receive support.


EU Funding

Horizon 2020, COST, Interreg – here you will find an overview of the participation of Bremen researchers in European Union programs, including 18 individual grants from the European Research Council (ERC) for members of the University of Bremen.