The International Centre for the Study of Giftedness (ICBF) was founded in 1998 when the Universities of Muenster, Nijmegen and Osnabrueck agreed to participate in the Network of Euregional Universities (NEU). The Universities of Muenster and Nijmegen also cooperate in the International Research Universities Network (IRUN). IRUN’s aim is to combine and complement the experience and expertise of these universities in the fields of Talent Research, Gifted Education as well as Teacher Training & Further Education in the field of individual development.

The ICBF cooperates with national and international institutions and research organisations, in particular with the Centre for Individual Educational Support North Rhine-Westphalia (lif) and the University of Nijmegen’s Center for the Study of Giftedness (CBO) as well as the University of Osnabrueck’s Lower Saxony Institute for Early Childhood Education and Development (nifbe).