PIER is the strategic partnership between DESY and Universität Hamburg ("Partnership for Innovation, Education and Research)". It is a future-oriented collaboration between two strong partners in the Hamburg metropolitan area which aim to jointly promote top-level education, research and innovation.
PIER focuses on the following research fields: Particle and Astroparticle Physics, Nanosciences, Photon Science and Infection and Structural Biology. Additional interdisciplinary areas include Theory of Physics (Wolfgang Pauli Centre) and Accelerator Research. PIER is jointly funded by DESY, Universität Hamburg, University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf (UKE), the Helmholtz Association and the Joachim Herz Stiftung.