The Kiel Institute strives to be nationally and internationally visible and connected. All Research Centers are participating in national or international networks and collaborative projects. The Institute also encourages and financially supports staff members to visit other academic and think tank institutions both in order to upgrade skills and to establish joint research projects. Another facet of networking and cooperation is to host external researchers and experts at the Kiel Institute.
As an institute focusing on global economic affairs, the Kiel Institute collaborates nationally and internationally with a large number of universities and nonuniversity research centers, think tanks, foundations, and other institutions.