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Joint Initiative for Research and Innovation

In launching the Joint Initiative for Research and Innovation, Germany's federal and state governments have made an important decision on how to proceed in the future. The annual 3% increase in funding serves to ensure the efficiency of our research and simultaneously opens up the freedom that we need for our activities and developments. In return, we, in our capacity as partners in this innovation campaign, have made a firm commitment to contribute to growth and prosperity: by concentrating on excellence, by creating new forms of cooperation and networking, by promoting young scientists and researchers, and by encouraging innovation through new approaches.

We use three instruments to achieve our shared goals: centre-embracing, programme-oriented funding, the development and operation of complex infrastructures and unique large-scale facilities, plus the Helmholtz President's Initiative and Networking Fund.

The instruments in the Joint Initiative for Research and Innovation:

Programme-oriented funding
Since Autumn 2001, when the Helmholtz Association was founded, all the research has been strategically restructured. Programme-oriented funding is the centrepiece of these reforms. We no longer invest our resources in individual institutions, but rather fund centre-embracing research programmes that compete with each other. In accordance with the core objectives of the Pact for Research and Innovation, activities now concentrate primarily on achieving top-flight results through cooperation and competition.

More about the Programme-oriented funding

Research infrastructures
Scientists and researchers from the Helmholtz Association develop and operate large-scale facilities of international significance, such as particle accelerators, synchrotron beams, neutron and ion sources, research vessels and aircraft. These facilities have a great appeal for the best researchers around the world as well as for young scientists. Each year, several thousand researchers from home and abroad use these large-scale facilities, some of which are the only ones of their kind.

Read more about the development and operation of large-scale facilities

The Initiative and Networking Fund
The President's Initiative and Networking Fund is one of the key instruments available to the Helmholtz Association for achieving its strategic objectives and realising the principles to which it has committed itself under the Pact for Research and Innovation. The Fund makes it possible to respond rapidly and flexibly, and to set initiatives where strategic goals are to be achieved quickly. In accordance with the objectives of the Pact for Research and Innovation, the competitive award of funding also acts as the Fund's key principle.

Read more about Initiating and Networking Fund



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Dr Stephanie Dittmer

Head Strategy

Helmholtz Association

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

Phone: +49 30 206329-41
Fax: +49 30 206329-70
stephanie.dittmer (at) helmholtz.de

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