Together with partners from the business world, the Helmholtz Association conducts research in various forms of collaborations. These include in particular:

•    publicly funded cluster projects,
•    direct contract research for enterprises and
•    long-term strategic collaborations with partners in industry.

Helmholtz Centres are linked together in, for example, existing BMBF “research campuses” or actively take part in BMWi-funded co-operation projects and networks sponsored by the Central Innovation Programme for SMEs (ZIM).

Every year more than 2,000 collaboration projects with enterprises are realised within the Helmholtz Association. The earnings from collaboration with business partners alone amount more than 150M euros /year. The share of third-party funding with grants, including those from public sponsorships, has been steadily increasing in recent years.

Third-party funding from industry

Collaborations with the Helmholtz Association:

The technology transfer departments support the initiation of joint collaborations and advise the partners in contractual and exploitation right issues. Equally, the initiation is supported by collaborations through targeted funding programs. If you or your company are also interested in one of the diverse forms of research and development collaborations, we would be pleased if you would contact us.

Supportive transfer instruments:

Through diverse dialogue platforms and exchange formats such as Helmholtz “Research Days” or the “Helmholtz Innovation Labs“, collaborations arise between the Helmholtz Association and enterprises of various sizes. In the past it has thus been possible to establish joint research projects with large enterprises, small and medium-sized enterprises and spin-offs.

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