Federal Institutions

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Germany’s Federal Ministries fund 40 federal R&D institutions. This departmental research is always directly related to the respective ministry’s field of activity. The main objective of this research is to support the ministry’s activities and provide the necessary scientific basis for the execution of government measures.

One example of a departmental research institute is the Robert Koch Institute in Berlin which is responsible for disease control and prevention. It is the central reference institution for both applied and response-oriented research as well as for the public health sector. Another example is the Institute for Materials Research and Testing (BAM). BAM is responsible for increasing safety and reliability in chemistry and materials technologies, including statutory regulations on safety standards and threshold values.

Facts and Figures

  • 40 research organisations

  • 21,300 staff;
    9,300 researchers (2011)

  • planned budget in 2012: 1.7 billion euros;
    for R&D: 828 million euros

Research Activities

Federal research institutions perform research in nearly all areas: society, security and defence, science, infrastructure, animal protection, strategic issues, nature conservation, environmental protection, consumer protection, healthcare, development policy and economic policy.

Research Budget

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Departmental research institutes are 100% publicly funded. The planned total budget in 2012 was approx. 1.7 billion euros, with 828 million allocated for R&D.