International Cooperation

As a research organisation that works on behalf of the nation, the Helmholtz Association develops solutions for the pressing questions facing science, industry and society. However, major challenges such as climate change, the energy supply of the future, and combatting widespread diseases can only be tackled globally, over the long term and with a coordinated and systematic use of resources. To this end, the Helmholtz Centres collaborate with the best research institutions in the world and work closely with international experts. The Helmholtz Association is set apart by its research infrastructure, which is unparalleled in the world and serves as a basis for international collaboration and research at the highest level. Over 6,200 visiting researchers from all over the world use the Helmholtz Association's large-scale facilities each year.

In September 2017 the Helmholtz Association published its new Internationalization Strategy for the years 2017 – 2022. It is focused on four strategic pillars: 

  • Expanding international strategic partnerships
  • Cooperative top-level research at the European level
  • Attracting talent from all over the world
  • Science Diplomacy – building bridges through research

You can download the strategy here.

Global teamwork for excellent results

The Helmholtz Association and its centres maintain numerous strategic partnerships with institutions and organisations all over the world, including countries such as Russia, China, the US and China. Furthermore, the organisation has been active in education and research programmes in newly industrialised and developing countries in regions like Africa, Latin America and Southeast Asia for many years. The Helmholtz Association's research centres also work successfully with European research institutions. In addition, the association's researchers benefit greatly from the instruments provided under the EU Framework Research Programmes. They have been particularly successful in tenders issued by the European Research Council and are also actively involved in European collaborative projects. As strategic partners, and frequently as project coordinators, Helmholtz Centres and their researchers contribute their expertise and share their research infrastructure with the European scientific community.

Further information:

Promoting Scientists on an International Level

The various funding projects initiated by the Helmholtz Association aim to find outstanding scientists and young scientists for its own research and for collaborative projects on an international level.

To Promoting Scientists on an International Level

EU projects in the 7th Framework Programme

The centres of the Helmholtz Association get involved both as partners and as coordinators of projects that are conducted in cooperation with different research institutions and partners from the private sector across Europe.

To EU Projects

International Offices

The Brussels Office helps to strengthen the Helmholtz Association’s position in the European Research Area. The Beijing Office represents the Helmholtz Association in China with the aim of intensifying and expanding strategic scientific cooperation with Chinese partners. To help initiate and establish new strategic networks of scientific excellence with its strategic partner Russia, the Helmholtz Association runs an office in Moscow.

To the International Offices

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