The Forschungsverbund Berlin e.V. (FVB) represents eight research institutes of natural sciences, life sciences and environmental sciences in Berlin, which pursue common interests within the framework of a single legal entity while maintaining their scientific autonomy. As research institutions of supra-regional importance and national interest regarding science policy, the institutes are financed within the bounds of the joint research funding by the federal and state governments in accordance with article 91 b of the Basic Law. The institutes share an administrative infrastructure (joint administration) and are members of the Leibniz Association. Managing Director of the FVB is Dr. Manuala Urban.