Goal 1: Excellent framework conditions for top-level research
To promote top-level research, HU’s Institutional Strategy foresees the establishment of a Strategic Innovation Fund, which will focus mainly on the successful HU research format of Integrative Research Institutes (IRIs). In its Institutional Strategy, HU presents a comprehensive development plan for three IRIs funded by the Strategic Innovation Fund. This plan envisages the further development of IRIS Adlershof, which was founded in 2009; the establishment of the IRI for the Life Sciences, a collaboration project between HU, the Max Delbrück Center and the Charité at Campus Nord; and promotion of the IRI THESys (The Great Transformation of Human-Environmental Systems) for research on the topics of sustainability, land use and globalisation.
As “the Role-model Cooperative University”, HU aims to use both the IRIs and the establishment of a Centre of Expertise for Cooperation in Academic Research to improve collaborative research in the Berlin-Brandenburg region; the objectives here are open cooperation structures that meet research needs, and the optimal exploitation of existing potential at the points of convergence between research at universities and non-university research institutes.
In addition, the Strategic Innovation Fund can be used to support three further funding programmes: the internationalisation of the university, gender equality (in the Caroline von Humboldt Programme) and flexible and rapid start-up and interim funding for excellent research and teaching projects.