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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.
The Helmholtz Association is Germany’s largest scientific organisation with 18 research centres, which are legally independent bodies working together in six research fields: energy, earth and environment, health, key technologies, matter and aeronautics, space and transport.
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 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. This 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.
Facts and Figures
18 scientific-technical and biological-medical research centres
Over 38,200 staff, including more than 21,700 scientists; 8,000 PhD students; 9,300 scientists from all over the world (2015)
Partnerships with institutions and organisations all over the world, international collaborative research projects in many countries
Annual budget: 4.45 billion euros (2016)
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.
The Helmholtz Association maintains offices in Beijing, Brussels and Moscow. It is involved in a large number of strategic partnerships with institutions and organisations all over the world. Traditionally, these primarily include partners in North America, but also in Asia and the Pacific region.
In addition, the Association is constantly working to develop relationships with research institutions in Central and Eastern Europe. This commitment has given rise to a variety of joint research projects with Czech, Hungarian, Polish and Russian partners.
- Source: Helmholtz Association
The Helmholtz Association’s total budget in 2016 amounts to 4.45 billion euros. Approx. 70% of this funding – 3.03 billion euros – comes from public-sector sponsors (in a 9:1 split between federal and state authorities). The individual Helmholtz Centres are responsible for obtaining more than 30% of their budgets – 1.42 billion euros – themselves in the form of third-party funding provided by public- and private-sector sponsors.