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The Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres conducts advanced scientific research on behalf of society, science and industry to address the major challenges of the present. Its work follows the tradition of the great natural scientist Hermann von Helmholtz (1821–1894)
Facts and Figures
18 scientific-technical and biological-medical research centres
approx. 37,000 staff; more than 14,500 scientists and engineers; over 6,500 PhD students and more than 1,600 vocational trainees (2013)
more than 7,400 scientists from all over the world
international collaborative research projects among others in Europe, America and Asia
approx. 3.8 billion euros
The Helmholtz Association is Germany’s largest scientific organisation with 18 research centres, which are legally independent bodies working together in six research fields. The Association has three instruments to enable the centres to achieve their goals: inter-centre, programme-oriented funding, the development and operation of complex infrastructures and unique large-scale facilities, plus the Helmholtz President’s Initiative and Networking Fund.
The Helmholtz Association is the only research organisation in Germany whose mission is to set up, operate and further develop large research infrastructures, such as particle accelerators, research vessels and aircraft. Its facilities are made available to teams from universities and non-university research institutes both within Germany and abroad.
The President’s Initiative and Networking Fund focuses on a wide range of strategic issues and collaborative models – from support for junior researchers to knowledge and technology transfer and temporary networks, such as Helmholtz Virtual Institutes.
The Helmholtz Association contributes to our understanding of the complex systems that influence human life and the human environment: not only questions relating to a secure and reliable energy supply, sustainable use of resources, future mobility or the treatment of previously incurable diseases, but also questions such as the origin of the universe. The Association’s research centres provide the most modern scientific infrastructure, which is also used by the international scientific community. In some cases, this equipment is the only one of its kind in the world.
Global Teamwork for Excellent Results
The Helmholtz Association and its centres maintain numerous strategic partnerships with institutions and organisations all over the world. Furthermore, the organisation has long been active in education and research programmes in newly industrialised and developing countries. The Association’s research centres also work successfully with European research institutions. In addition, its researchers benefit greatly from the instruments provided under the EU Framework Programmes for Research.
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The Helmholtz Association’s total budget in 2014 amounts to approx. 3.8 billion euros. A good two thirds of this funding comes from public-sector sponsors (in a 9:1 split between Federal and Länder authorities). The individual Helmholtz centres are responsible for obtaining more than 30% of their budgets themselves in the form of contract funding provided by public- and private-sector sponsors.
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