The Leibniz Association unites 93 independent research institutes that address issues of international societal importance. Leibniz Institutes conduct research, provide research infrastructures and perform research-based services (liaison, consultation, transfer) for the public, for policymakers, for academia and for businesses.
The Leibniz Association is known for the wide range of topics addressed by its member institutes. It has a decentralised organisational structure. Each institute is legally and financially independent and autonomously determines its research programme.
Leibniz Institutes collaborate in Leibniz Research Alliances that bring together interdisciplinary expertise to address topics of societal relevance. They also cooperate intensively with universities – in the form of "Leibniz ScienceCampi" (thematic partnerships between university and non-university research institutes), for example – as well as with industry and other partners at home and abroad.
All Leibniz Institutes are subject to an independent evaluation procedure that is unparalleled in its transparency. Due to the importance of the institutions for the country as a whole, they are funded jointly by the Federal Government and the states (Länder).
Facts and figures
93 independent institutes
More than 19,000 staff in total, including 9,000 researchers
Approx. 3,900 supported PhD students
Annual budget: over 1.9 billion euros
Leibniz research institutes cover virtually all fields of academic research, ranging from the humanities and social sciences and economics through spatial and life sciences to mathematics, natural sciences, engineering and environmental research.
One of the main emphases of the Leibniz Association is knowledge transfer. Its institutes advise and inform representatives of politics, science, business and the general public. Leibniz Institutes are concerned with basic research, applied research and research-based infrastructures.
Leibniz Institutes have a firm place in top national and international research. Leibniz researchers cooperate with institutions across the globe and constantly develop their collaborative partnerships.
Leibniz Institutes are involved in approx. 4,900 international collaborations in 126 different countries. In addition, many Leibniz Institutes have established partner sites and maintain research stations abroad (only in German).
The budget totals over 1.9 billion euros (2017) with an equal share (28%) from the Federal Government and the states (Länder). Third-party funding amounts to 22% of the total budget. 22% of the budget is financed from other sources.