Programme orientation: the leitmotif of the statutes
How is the Helmholtz Association organised? 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 Centres 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 programme-oriented funding, the Helmholtz Association divides the research activities performed by the Helmholtz Centres into Research Fields and programmes 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 programmes get their shape and structure from a process of inter-centre competition and networking, are externally evaluated and receive funding within the scope of a reliable medium-term framework. The legally independent Helmholtz Centres are responsible for the programme-oriented funding, for the strategic and operative planning, and for the implementation and quality assurance of the individual programmes.