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Facts and Figures

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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 2015 amounts to €3.99 billion. A good two thirds of this funding comes from public sponsors (in a 9:1 split between Federal and state 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 2013 the number of staff has risen up to 37,939, of which 14,734 are scientists.

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 2013 around 8,534 foreign scientists work at 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.


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 Matter.

  • In 2013, 13,355 publications were published in ISI indexed scientific journals and a further 3,763 other refereed publications. 
  • In 2013, Helmholtz researchers have raised 1,26 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.

  • 400 new patents are filed every year
  • 99 spin-offs from the Helmholtz Centres between 2005 and 2013
  • about 1,300 licencing agreements generated €22.5 million in income
  • Annually about 2,000 collaborative projects with industry with revenues of appr. €150 m (2013)

illustrate the Helmholtz Association's commitment.



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 2014