The Institute of Biology is characterized by a lively exchange with other institutes of the BCP department and the Berlin research landscape. This is reflected in the participation in many interdisciplinary research alliances, such as excellence clusters, graduate schools, special research areas, research groups, Research Training Groups (GRKs), BMBF research alliances and priority programmes.
At the national level, there is close cooperation with external research institutions such as Helmholtz Centres, Leibniz and Max Planck Institutes and federal institutes (BAM, BfR, etc.). In addition, the institute cooperates in numerous projects with other Berlin universities, the University of Potsdam, the partner university LMU Munich and many other German universities.
One example is the Berlin-Brandenburg Institute for Biodiversity Research; an association of four universities (FU, UP, TU, HU) and five Leibniz Institutes (IGB, IZW, ZALF, MfN, PIK) with the aim of bridging the traditional boundaries in biodiversity research.Research at the Institute of Biology is also actively funded at the two Collaborative Research Centres (CRCs) 973 and 958, for which the Institute of Biology is the spokesperson. Ten research groups of the Institute of Biology are currently involved in CRC 973 and ten research groups of the entire department are currently involved in CRC 958. The Institute also takes part in the "NeuroCure" excellence cluster and the "Dahlem Centre of Plant Sciences".