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Who we are

We address major and pressing questions from science, industry and society. To this end, we arrange our long-term cutting-edge research in six strategic areas.

We conduct research on behalf of the state and society. That is why we are looking for answers to the big questions of our time. For example, what resources will we use to generate our energy in the future? How can we make mobility climate-friendly? What therapies will help with previously incurable diseases? Our goal: To secure the basis of human life in the long term and develop technologies for a competitive economy.

Helmholtz's potential lies in its excellent scientists: They work in the 18 research centers of the Helmholtz Association, use their globally unique research infrastructures and benefit from modern research management. We combine our strengths in six Research Fields: Energy; Earth and Environment; Health; Information; Aeronautics; Space and Transport; and Matter. We develop specific research programs for these areas, which are evaluated by international experts. Their judgment forms the basis for funding the programs.


The Helmholtz Association contributes to solving grand challenges facing society, science and industry by conducting top-rate research in the fields of Aeronautics, Space and Transport; Earth and Environment; Energy; Health; Matter; and Information.

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The President of the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centers is responsible for setting strategy and implementing the program-oriented funding (POF) system which underpins the Association's research strengths.

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Managing Director

The Managing Director of the Helmholtz Association supports, advises and represents the President in his duties, manages the Association’s head offices in Berlin and Bonn and manages the Association's branches in Brussels, Beijing and Tel Aviv.

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Head Office

Staff at the Helmholtz Association's Head Office support the President in the performance of his duties on behalf of the 18 major research centers (the members) of the Helmholtz Association.

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Press & Media

The results and applications of our research shape wide areas of private and social life. The transparent and target group-oriented communication of science is our goal in press and public relations work.

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Facts and figures

Here we show you what resources are needed to conduct cutting-edge research. In addition, you will find some significant indicators of what the Helmholtz Association is achieving with its potential.

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Research Awards

Many Helmholtz scientists are among the winners of prestigious international and national awards. This is an important indicator of the quality of our research.

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Founded in 1995, the Helmholtz Association now comprises 18 research centers and is one of the world's leading research organizations in many fields of research. 

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Facts and figures 2023

The annual report of the Helmholtz Association

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