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Research Profile

Young, keen to experiment, strong in research

Young, keen to experiment, strong in research

The University of Bremen is a young, med-sized research university and one of the top 50 European universities. 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 many areas of national and international excellence. Its international research profile is shaped in particular by five high-profile areas.

The University of Bremen was early to bundle collaborative research in large, interdisciplinary high-profile areas. These encompass marine, polar and climate research, the social sciences – with a focus on social change, social policy and the state – materials science and related technologies, the collection, representation, processing, evaluation, transmission and the technical and social communication of information (Minds, Media, Machines), and the health sciences.

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


Close cooperation in 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.


Extremely successful in attracting third-party funding

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 awards have already been granted to the University of Bremen.


Promotion of talents as a strategic goal

The targeted promotion of young talent, unlocking their potentials 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, among others in cooperation with non-university research institutions. 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 2012 Excellence Initiative with its institutional Strategy titled “Ambitious and Agile”. The Cluster of Excellence MARUM and the Graduate School BIGSSS were also singled out for funding. Find out how the University used the grants to advance research.


Facts and Figures

Key information about the University of Bremen, also in 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

Funding from the German Research Foundation (DFG)

Bremen researchers are very successful in attracting 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.