PRIF is a member of the Leibniz Association since 1 January 2009. The Leibniz Association connects more than 90 independent research institutions that range in focus from the natural, engineering and environmental sciences via economics, spatial and social sciences to the humanities.
Leibniz institutes address issues of social, economic and ecological relevance. With the guiding principle theoria cum praxi, they conduct knowledge-driven and applied basic research, maintain scientific infrastructure and provide research-based services. The Leibniz Association identifies focus areas for knowledge transfer to policy makers, academia, business and the public.
All Leibniz institutes are subject to demanding quality control standards. They are evaluated by the Leibniz Senate every seven years at the latest. This provides a basis for the Joint Science Conference (GWK) to decide whether the institutes should continue receiving joint federal-state funding. PRIF was last evaluated by the Leibniz Association in December 2012, receiving an excellent assessment.
PRIF was the coordinating institution of the Leibniz Research Alliance “Crises in a Globalised World” (until 2021), which led to the emergence of the new Leibniz Research Network "Environmental Crises - Crisis Environments" in 2021. PRIF is also member of the Leibniz Research Alliance “Value of the Past“, which ties in with the work of the Research Alliance “Historical Authenticity” (until 2022). Additionally, PRIF is part of the Leibniz Network “Integrated Earth System Research” as well as the “Leibniz Central and Eastern Europe Network”.