Helmholtz Association

Facts and Figures

Photo: Helmholtz/E. Fesseler

This is where we show what resources are needed to carry out top-class research. You will additionally be able to find some key indicators on what the Helmholtz Association achieves with the potential which it has at its disposal. Information on Helmholtz Association funding and costs, staff and activities at a glance.

Funding and costs

The total Helmholtz Association budget in 2013 amounts to €3.76 billion. A good two thirds of this funding comes from public sponsors (in a 9:1 split between Federal and Länder authorities). The individual Helmholtz Centres are responsible for attracting more than 30% themselves in the form of contract funding provided by public and private sector sponsors.


In 2012 the number of staff has risen up to 35,672, of which 12,269 are scientists.*

Please note that we do not count individuals but rather person years (full-time-equivalent), an abstract value which records the calculated number or work hours across all staff. Core-funded work hours stand for the staff paid for by programme-oriented funding. 

The Helmholtz Association aims to provide outstanding minds with excellent conditions for creative work.

  • Each year, several thousand visiting scientists and researchers from all around the world come to the Helmholtz Centres, not least to work on the large-scale scientific facilities and instrumentation which these Centres have; in some cases, this equipment is the only one of its kind in the world. In 2011 around 7,400 foreign scientists work in the Helmholtz Centres. 
  • Helmholtz gives young scientists the opportunity to work in major teams of international researchers and to use the high-performance research infrastructure for their projects. In 2012 Helmholtz enabled some 6,635 doctoral students to gain further qualifications at the research centres and to work independently at an early stage.*


The Helmholtz Association concentrates its resources within specific programmes where it carries out top-class research in six research fields. These are Energy, Earth and Environment, Health, Aeronautics, Space and Transport, Key Technologies, plus Structure of Matter.

  • In 2012, 11,249 publications were published in ISI indexed scientific journals and a further 2,589 other refereed publications. 
  • In 2012, Helmholtz researchers have raised more than one billion euros for their scientific research work.

Helmholtz transfers scientific knowledge into innovation and on into the market and so contributes to creating the technological basis for a competitive society.

  • about 400 patents pending each year
  • 80 spin-offs from the Helmholtz Centres between 2005 and 2012
  • almost €22 millions receipts from 1,400 licence agreements (2012)
  • more than 2,000 collaborative projects with industry generate revenue of app. €156 millions (2012)

illustrate the Helmholtz Association's commitment.

*including GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel



Berlin Office

Helmholtz Association

Berlin Office
Anna-Louisa-Karsch-Straße 2
10178 Berlin

Phone: +49 30 206329-0
Fax: +49 30 206329-65
org (at) helmholtz.de

Bonn Office

Helmholtz Association

Ahrstraße 45
53175 Bonn

Phone: +49 228 30818-0
Fax: +49 228 30818-30
org (at) helmholtz.de

Further information

Annual Report 2012