- HZB maintains Joint Research Groups with universities in Berlin and Potsdam to focus common research interests.
- HZB cooperates with regional, national and international partners in Joint Labs. These laboratories are jointly set-up and financed and allow common scientific goals to be pursued.
- HZB is involved in bilateral international cooperation within Russian-German Laboratory at BESSY II.
- HZB is involved in two Clusters of Excellence within the Helmholtz Excellence Network.