At the Adolphe Merkle Institute, we believe that collaborations contribute to better science. Successful research often stems from working with the right people beyond the confines of one's laboratory. Many of these collaborations are informal, organized within the framework of individual projects. There are others, strategically important for the development of long-term objectives, that require a more formal framework, but also attract more substantial funding. These collaborations are both national and international. Researchers at our institute currently participate in three major institutional collaborations: the National Center of Competence in Research Bio-Inspired Materials, the Innovative Training Network PlaMatSu, and most recently the PIRE initiative that brings researchers from AMI and the United States together.