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:

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

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    • Dr. Uli Rockenbauch
    • Executive Assistant to the Managing Director
      Helmholtz Association