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Companies play an important role in German research. Industrial research is the most important pillar of German research outside the public sector. More than two-thirds of the annual funds invested in research come from industry. Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Germany make a substantial contribution to new knowledge and discoveries. Although many companies achieve high standards of research themselves, they also invest in collaborations with research partners. Industry-funded research often produces rapidly realisable results and applications.

German industry does not always only act as employer here. Many companies also support research and young researchers or endow professorships. For example, companies finance over 400 of the current total of 1,000 privately funded endowed chairs. Nevertheless, the focus is firmly on developing fresh research talent. Young researchers receive targeted support in the form of scholarships and prizes – usually from corporate foundations. Fostering up-and-coming researchers has a high priority for German companies. They invest 2.2 billion euros a year in students and higher education, which is almost twice as much as they spend on research and development at universities.

Companies: Support for PhD Students

Companies: Support for PhD Students

Doctoral positions in research-intensive industrial enterprises offer PhD students work contracts, industrial and application-oriented research opportunities and good prospects for the time after they have completed their doctorate. However, corporate foundations also support PhD students with prizes and scholarships. More Companies: Support for PhD Students

Companies: Support for Junior Researchers

Companies: Support for Junior Researchers

Research-oriented companies offer postdoctoral researchers a wide variety of opportunities to work in research and development. Furthermore, many large German companies support postdoctoral scholars and young researchers with prizes and scholarships awarded by their corporate foundations. More Companies: Support for Junior Researchers