Facts and Figures

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 annual Helmholtz Association budget amounts to € 5 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 Centers are responsible for attracting ~ 30% themselves in the form of contract funding provided by public and private sector sponsors.


In 2020 the number of staff has risen up to more than 43,000.
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 Centers, not least to work on the large-scale scientific facilities and instrumentation which these Centers have; in some cases, this equipment is the only one of its kind in the world. In 2020 around 7,000 foreign scientists work at the Helmholtz Centers. 
  • 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.

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

  • Approx. 2,000 joint projects with companies per year
  • 150 million euros in revenue from collaborations
  • Approx. 400 property rights and patents applied for per year
  • A total of 13,000 property rights
  • Approx. 1,400 license contracts, option contracts, and transfer agreements per year
  • Approx. 20 new high-tech spin-offs per year

illustrate the Helmholtz Association's commitment.

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Further information

 Annual Report 2018