The Leibniz Association connects 91 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.
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 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
91 independent institutes;
approx. 18,600 staff in total, including 9,500 researchers
Annual budget: approx. 1.8 billion euros (2016)
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.
The 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 2016, Leibniz Institutes were involved in over 4,600 formal international collaborations in 135 different countries. In addition, many Leibniz Institutes have established partner sites and maintain research stations abroad.
The budget totals 1.8 billion euros (2016) with an equal share (29%) from the Federal Government and the states (Länder). Third-party funding amounts to 21 per cent of the total budget. 20 per cent of the budget is financed from other sources.