Leibniz Association

female researcher at the Leibniz Association

The Leibniz Association is the umbrella organisation for 89 research institutes which address issues of national importance. Leibniz Institutes conduct research, provide scientific and research infrastructure and perform research-based services (liaison, consultation, transfer) for the public, for policymakers, for academia and for businesses. The “Museum für Naturkunde” in Berlin, one of the five largest natural history museums in the world, is a prominent example of a member of the Leibniz Association. 

The Leibniz Association was named after Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz (1646-1716), who remains the epitome of a great universal scholar.

Facts and Figures

  • 89 institutes;
    conducting research or providing scientific infrastructures

  • 8,200 researchers,
    some 17,200 staff in total (2013)

  • annual budget:
    approx. 1.4 billion euros (2012)

Organisational Details

The Leibniz Association is known for the wide range of themes addressed by its member institutes. The Leibniz Association has a decentralised organisational structure. Each institute is a legally and financially independent organisation and autonomously determines its research programme in consultation with its boards only. The 89 Leibniz Institutes employ some 17,200 people and have an annual budget of 1.4 billion euros.

Research Activities

Leibniz research institutes cover the humanities and social sciences, economics, spatial and life sciences, mathematics, natural sciences, engineering and environmental research.

International Cooperation

Each individual institute is responsible for initiating and running international cooperation projects independently and in accordance with its own research focus. The headquarters supports its member institutions by representing them abroad and facilitating their relations with authorities and the international research community. The Association participates in committees convened by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) regarding Scientific and Technical Cooperation (WTZ) and International Marketing for Higher Education in Germany. In 2012, Leibniz Institutes were involved in over 3,400 international collaborative projects in 116 countries all over the world.

Research Budget


The budget totals approx. 1.4 billion euros with an equal share from the Federal Government and the federal states (“Länder”). Third-party funding amounts to 22.6% of the total budget.



Leibniz Association

Berlin Office


Chausseestraße 111

10115 Berlin



work Phone
+49 30 20 60 49-0


Annual Report 2012/2013

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