Helmholtz Funding for Knowledge Transfer

With this funding measure, the Helmholtz Association aims to promote the transfer of knowledge with defined target groups in society. We are looking for innovative knowledge transfer projects that bring value to society.

Our mission is to facilitate premium research that contributes to solutions for today's pressing questions and problems. To this end, the scientific findings that emerge from the Helmholtz Centers must reach the right target groups in society and enable them to make informed decisions based on science. This creates a close dialog with the most diverse stakeholders from politics, administration, business, civil society, education, and media. It ultimately transforms the findings from science and research into the basis for progress and decisions for the future.

Projects funded so far:

A major challenge for society in many areas is the energy transition and thus the transformation of existing energy systems. The intensive development of renewable energy sources, their storage, the connection of energy networks (heat, electricity, gas) in a decentralized architecture, and equipping them with suitable information technology are key tasks that can ultimately only be accomplished when working together with many stakeholders in society. The "Energy Transformation in Dialog" project by the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) aims to communicate with different target groups about the transformation of the energy system in Germany using various formats. Citizens are taught essential basic knowledge through instructional videos, workshops, citizen forums, and informational tours at KIT. Further measures such as transdisciplinary seminars and real-world experiments are more specifically aimed at students, innovators, and “early adopters”. Dialog is an essential element of the project: The initiators not only want to impart knowledge, but also to engage in dialog with societal stakeholders in order to work together to promote transformation and bring open questions back into research. The Karlsruhe Transformation Center (KAT) will be established to continue the project. Starting in 2020, the independent KAT institution will provide the infrastructure and expertise for conducting knowledge dialogs, further training, consulting, research, teaching, and innovation for sustainability transformation.



Institute for Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis

Dr. Oliver Parodi

Phone: +49 721 608 26816

Email: oliver.parodi(at)kit.edu


Knowledge of widespread diseases such as cancer or diabetes is relevant for everyone: We have a high probability of being affected by these diseases over the course of our lives – either firsthand or through a close relative. Overall, however, knowledge of behavior to improve health and prevent disease is not very widespread.

The aim of the “Understanding Health Issues" project is to teach this knowledge to children and youths at an early age in order to improve the health literacy of this target group. Innovative teaching concepts and materials will be developed to familiarize students with the basic biological principles of the development, prevention, and treatment of cancer and diabetes as well as with the research conducted at the Centers. The project was developed by the "Life Science Lab" at the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) in cooperation with the Helmholtz Zentrum München – German Research Center for Environmental Health.



German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ)

Dr. med. Susanne Weg-Remers

Phone: +49 +49 6221 422100

Email: s.weg-remers(at)dkfz.de


Heidelberg Life Science Lab, DKFZ

Dr. phil. Katrin Platzer

Phone: +49 +49 622142 1401

Email: k.platzer(at)dkfz.de


Helmholtz Zentrum München – German Research Center for Environmental Health (HMGU)

Ulrike Koller

Phone: +49 +49 89 31872526

Email: koller(at)helmholtz-muenchen.de

Important environmental issues, such as climate change and biodiversity, are being discussed globally through various intergovernmental associations such as the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) or the Intergovernmental Panel on Biological Diversity (IPBES). These scientifically focused entities also develop recommendations for action to fulfill international commitments regarding sustainable development. While such assessments play an important role in global policy processes, the results trickle down to national public discussions far less frequently. In German environmental policy, for example, the results are often not put into the context of political requirements. The aim of the INTERNAS project is to better prepare and make use of current international assessments and their analyses and options for action for national policy consultation. This is also intended to strengthen efforts to implement the UN sustainability goals at the national and international levels. During the assessment finalization, possible consequences in the form of options for action for German politics will be worked out in cooperation with a broad spectrum of stakeholders from politics and society. In this knowledge transfer project, the Helmholtz Center for Environmental Research (UFZ) and the Alfred Wegener Institute Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI) combine their expertise in terrestrial, marine, coastal, and polar systems.



Helmholtz Center for Environmental Research – UFZ

Dr. Kristina Raab

Phone: +49 341 235 1650

Email: kristina.raab(at)ufz.de


Alfred Wegener Institute Helmholtz Center for Polar and Marine Research – AWI

Dr. Gesche Krause

Phone: +49 471 4831 1631

Email: gesche.krause(at)awi.de


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