Research Performing Organisations

Find out about Germany’s different types of research institutions: universities, universities of applied sciences, non-university research institutes, companies and federal as well as state (Länder) institutions. Profiles of each type of research organisation can be found here.

Universities

Universities

Germany is home to approx. 400 higher education institutions which offer the entire range of disciplines. The German higher education system is characterised by a close link between learning, teaching and research. More Universities

Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft

Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft

Fraunhofer conducts applied research for private as well as public enterprises and for the general benefit of the public. It currently operates a total of 66 institutes and research units and is the largest organisation for applied research in Europe. More Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft

Helmholtz Association

Helmholtz Association

The Helmholtz Association is dedicated to pursuing the long-term research goals of state and society as well as maintaining and improving the living conditions of the population. More Helmholtz Association

Leibniz Association

Leibniz Association

The Leibniz Association connects 89 independent research institutes that address research issues of international societal relevance, ranging from the humanities and the social sciences to the natural sciences and engineering. Leibniz Institutes pursue both basic and applied research – often under one roof. More Leibniz Association

Max-Planck-Gesellschaft

Max-Planck-Gesellschaft

The Max Planck Society (MPG) is an independent, non-profit research organisation named after the world-famous physicist Max Planck. The Max Planck Society maintains a total of 83 institutes and research facilities – not only in Germany, but also abroad. Primarily, the MPG performs basic research in the natural sciences, life sciences, humanities and social sciences, thus complementing research projects at universities. More Max-Planck-Gesellschaft

Academies of Sciences and Humanities

Academies of Sciences and Humanities

Academies are associations of renowned individuals from the worlds of scholarship and the arts. They coordinate long-term projects of basic research and participate in interdisciplinary dialogue. They use their knowledge to support society on important questions of overall social relevance. More Academies of Sciences and Humanities

Federal Institutions

Federal Institutions

The Federal Government funds 40 research institutes that are run by Federal Ministries. This departmental research is always directly related to the respective ministry’s field of activity. Its main task is to support the ministry’s activities and to provide the necessary scientific basis for the execution of government measures. More Federal Institutions

Länder Institutions

Länder Institutions

German states (Länder) do not only act as research funding bodies, but also run several research institutions that support state research activities. There are more than 160 such institutes covering a broad range of research areas. More Länder Institutions

Companies & Industrial Research

Companies & Industrial Research

German companies are among the most innovative in Europe. Industry-based and -financed investments account for more than two thirds of all R&D funding in Germany. More Companies & Industrial Research

German Federation of Industrial Research Associations (AiF)

German Federation of Industrial Research Associations (AiF)

The German Federation of Industrial Research Associations (AiF) is organised by industry and is particularly involved in increasing the competitive strength of SMEs by supporting the efficient application and advancement of R&D programmes. More German Federation of Industrial Research Associations (AiF)

Networks and Clusters

Networks and Clusters

Over the last few years, the Federal Government has initiated a series of projects aiming at the creation of networks and clusters that promote new technologies. One key aim of these bodies is to accelerate the process of making new technology products marketable. More Networks and Clusters

Research Infrastructures

Research Infrastructures

Germany is home to several research infrastructures of global significance in physics, earth science, climate research and the humanities. Examples of research infrastructures can be found here. More Research Infrastructures