Leibniz Association

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The Leibniz Association connects 89 independent research institutes which address issues of international societal importance. Leibniz Institutes conduct research, provide scientific and research infrastructures and perform research-based services (liaison, consultation, transfer) for the public, for policymakers, for academia and for businesses. All Leibniz Institutes have to undergo regular external evaluations.

Organisational Details

The Leibniz Association is known for the wide range of themes 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 institutions collaborate in Leibniz Research Alliances and also cooperate closely with universities as well as with industry and other partners at home and abroad.

Facts and Figures

  • 89 independent institutes;
    conducting research or providing scientific infrastructures

  • 9,200 researchers;
    approx. 18,100 staff in total (2015)

  • Annual budget: approx. 1.6 billion euros (2015)

Research Activities

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.

International Cooperation

The 89 institutes of the Leibniz Association have a firm place in top national and international research. Leibniz researchers cooperate with institutions across the globe and constantly develop their collaborative partnerships.

In 2014, Leibniz Institutes were involved in more than 3,900 formal international collaborations in 140 different countries. In addition, many Leibniz Institutes have established partner sites and maintain research stations abroad (in German).

Research Budget


The budget totals approx. 1.6 billion euros with an equal share (39%) from the Federal Government and the states (Länder). Third-party funding amounts to 23% of the total budget.



Leibniz Association

Berlin Office


Chausseestraße 111

10115 Berlin



work Phone
+49 30 20 60 49-0


Annual Report 2012/2013

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