What is Helmholtz Energy

The Helmholtz Association

The work of the Helmholtz Association (HGF) aims to secure livelihoods in the long term by means of top-level research with a strategic and programmatic focus and to create the technological basis for a competitive economy. The scientists concentrate on systems of high complexity - for example when it comes to securing mobility and energy supply, preserving the environment or finding therapies for diseases. The Helmholtz centers are largely responsible for their tasks in scientific autonomy.

Lots of Nobel Prize winners

Several scientists from the Helmholtz Association have received Nobel Prizes. Since 1999, the Helmholtz Association has awarded the Stifterverband's science prize - the Erwin Schrödinger Prize - at its annual meeting.

From energy to health

The Helmholtz Association bundles its strengths in six research areas: Energy, Earth and Environment, Health, Key Technologies, Matter as well as Aviation, Space and Transport. For each research area, the scientists develop programs that are evaluated by international experts. This assessment forms the basis for program-oriented funding for Helmholtz research.

Networking as a principle

In the six research areas, the Helmholtz scientists cooperate with each other and with external partners - across disciplines, organizations and nations. Scientists, physicians and biologists, but also humanities scholars, work together to achieve decisive progress in environmental research, for example, which will secure human livelihoods in the long term. Helmholtz stands for concerted research, which requires networking as a principle for research-based thinking and acting.

Around 4.8 billion total budget

The Helmholtz Association is the largest research organization in Germany. Your total budget is around 4.8 billion euros. A good two thirds of this is financed from public funds (federal government 90 percent, federal states 10 percent). The individual Helmholtz centers themselves acquire almost 30 percent as third-party funding from the public and private sector. The organization has more than 40,000 employees. The aim of the HGF is to offer outstanding scientists excellent working conditions.

"Pact for Research and Innovation"

With the "Pact for Research and Innovation", organizations of the research institutions jointly funded by the federal and state governments (Fraunhofer Society, Helmholtz Association, Max Planck Society and Leibniz Association) and the German Research Foundation as a funding organization receive financial planning security.