Africa-related research at the University of Bayreuth is broad and diverse, ranging from individual projects to interdisciplinary joint projects to international research programmes such as the Africa Multiple Cluster of Excellence. The IAS encourages interdisciplinary research and debates on current scientific topics and promotes national and international networking and cooperation. In this way, the IAS is not only central to the development of the University of Bayreuth's academic profile, but also contributes internationally to the development and visibility of Africa-related research and thus creates funding and career opportunities.
Research within the framework of the IAS is financed by various third-party donors. It is mostly interdisciplinary, often takes place in a supra-regional or international network, and always in close cooperation with African research partners.
- The currently largest research association is the Cluster of Excellence 2052 "Africa Multiple": Reconfiguring African Studies", which was established in January 2019
- Further interdisciplinary collaborative research takes place within the framework of the Bavarian Research Institute of African Studies BRIAS
- In addition, there are many other individual projects by members of the IAS and their working groups, such as two research programmes funded by the European Research Council (ERC) and numerous projects acquired through the BMBF and DFG
- The work of the doctoral candidates at the Bayreuth International Graduate School of African Studies BIGSAS is also
central to original and forward-looking Africa-related research on an international level
The University Library also has a focus on Africa and supports research and teaching through its extensive collection of Africa-related books, magazines, and other media, and reference to Africa is even important for the university's Botanical Garden.