PRIF has been a member of the Leibniz Association since 1 January 2009. The Leibniz Association connects 89 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.