Helmholtz institutes provide the strategic partnerships between the Helmholtz centres and universities with a special intensity. The establishment of a Helmholtz centre's outpost on the university campus creates the basis for permanent close co-operation in specific areas of research, which are of particular importance to both institutions. Helmholtz institutes receive institutional funding of 3 to 5 million Euro per year and appoint their managing scientists together with the partnering university. Through linkage of this joint research with other relevant partnering institutions both on site and nationwide, the Helmholtz institutes develop into key centres in their respective scientific field.
Following a proposal by the public accounts committee of the German Bundestag, three pilot initiatives were established in 2009 at relevant sites in Mainz, Jena and Saarbrücken. Prior to the founding of these institutes, each pilot initiative had issued a call for ideas and the concepts that were jointly submitted by the Helmholtz centres and the universities were assessed by a panel of international expert scientists.
Dr. Sören Wiesenfeldt
Head of the Research Section
+49 30 206329-25
+49 30 206329-65
soeren.wiesenfeldt (at) helmholtz.de