Program orientation: The leitmotif of the statutes
How is the Helmholtz Association organized? What are its central responsibilities? What decision-making bodies does it have and what rights and duties do the various bodies have?
Questions like these are governed by the statutes. The statutes were adopted by the former 15 Research Centers at the Helmholtz Association's constituent assembly which established the Hermann von Helmholtz-Gemeinschaft on 12 September 2001 with the legal form of a registered association.
The institutions associated within the Hermann von Helmholtz-Gemeinschaft Deutscher Forschungszentren pursue the long-term research goals of the state and society, including basic research, in scientific autonomy.
To introduce program-oriented funding, the Helmholtz Association divides the research activities performed by the Helmholtz Centers into Research Fields and programs performed within these fields, while at the same time ensuring that adequate scope is allowed for taking up new research approaches and ideas which are not considered in the association's forward planning. The research fields and programs get their shape and structure from a process of inter-center competition and networking, are externally evaluated and receive funding within the scope of a reliable medium-term framework.
The legally independent Helmholtz Centers are responsible for the program-oriented funding, for the strategic and operative planning, and for the implementation and quality assurance of the individual programs.