Federal Institutions

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Germany’s federal ministries fund approx. 40 federal R&D institutions. This departmental research is always directly related to the respective ministry’s field of activity. The main objective of this research is to support the ministry’s activities and provide the necessary scientific basis for the execution of government measures.

One example of a departmental research institute is the Robert Koch Institute in Berlin which is responsible for disease control and prevention. It is the central reference institution for both applied and response-oriented research as well as for the public health sector. Another example is the Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing (BAM). BAM is responsible for increasing safety and reliability in chemistry and materials technologies, including statutory regulations on safety standards and threshold values.

Facts and Figures

  • Approx. 40 federal institutions with R&D responsibilities and ongoing cooperation with 7 additional R&D institutions

  • 19,300 staff, including more than 9,600 R&D personnel (approx. 4,000 researchers) (2014)

  • Internal expenditure: 2.7 billion euros in total, for R&D: 1.1 billion euros (2014)

Research Activities

Federal research institutions perform research in nearly all areas: society, security and defence, science, infrastructure, animal protection, strategic issues, nature conservation, environmental protection, consumer protection, healthcare, development policy and economic policy.

Research Budget

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Departmental research institutes are 100% publicly funded. The total budget in 2014 was approx. 2.7 billion euros, with 1.1 billion euros allocated to R&D.

Map of Federal Government Research Institutions

Map of Federal Government Research Institutions

Federal Government R&D institutions do research on a very wide range of topics – from materials research and varied questions relating to health and nutrition to questions about young people, vocational education or the weather. An interactive map shows you who researches what and where. www.bundesregierung.de > Map of Federal Research Institutions (in German) Map of Federal Government Research Institutions