Deutsche Industrieforschungsgemeinschaft Konrad Zuse (only in German) is an association of private institutes of applied research in Germany. Its member institutions come from all sectors and research disciplines, mostly operating on a non-profit basis. Their work predominantly supports SMEs that have insufficient or no research capacities of their own.
The non-profit association was founded in 2015 and represents the interests of these institutes towards the Federal Government, the German states, industry, other research organisations and the public. The association sees itself as a “third pillar” of research alongside the universities and the large publicly funded research organisations. One of its major duties is to support research cooperation among its member organisations.
Facts and figures
- Association of 76 private research institutes with some 6,000 employees
- The affiliated institutes generate a turnover of roughly 500 million euros per year
The Zuse Association performs its responsibilities through various bodies:
- The Executive Board represents the association internally and externally.
- The Senate is responsible for the research policy and advisory duties of the Zuse Association. This includes the funding of cooperation between the members of the Zuse Association as well as with industry and other organisations.
- The Innovation Council advises and supports the other Zuse Association bodies and can issue recommendations on the basic principles of the Zuse Association’s science, research and innovation policy.
- The Administrative Office supports the work of the different bodies and committees and serves as a point of contact for members.