Science and Research in Germany

Science and research play a central role in exploiting the opportunities which open European borders and worldwide knowledge networks offer. Today, more than 50% of Germany's industrial production concentrates on research and development industries. Ideas and the results of research are the basis of Germany's successful export trade.


Ideas. Innovation. Prosperity.

The German government’s 2020 High-Tech Strategy strives to unite the R&D strategies of the most important players in science and industry to transform knowledge and ideas into innovation as swiftly as possible. The goal is to address overarching issues facing society as a whole, including climate change and energy, health, mobility, communications and security.

2020 High-Tech Strategy [PDF]

Research in Germany

“Research in Germany – Land of Ideas”

“Research in Germany” is an information portal and contact point for those looking to find out more about Germany's research landscape and its latest achievements.

Alfred Wegener Institute

The Alfred Wegener Institute (AWI), Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research

The Alfred Wegener Institute conducts research in the Arctic, the Antarctic and at temperate latitudes. It coordinates polar research in Germany and provides both the necessary equipment and the essential logistic back up for polar expeditions.


The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, the largest organization for applied research in Europe, operates research centers throughout Germany and Europe, as well as in the USA, Asia and in the Middle East. The majority of its more than 18,000 staff members are qualified scientists and engineers.


Max Planck Society

The Max Planck Society is one of Germany's most successful research organisations: Since its establishment in 1948, no fewer than 17 Nobel laureates have emerged from its ranks.

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German Research Foundation (DFG)

The German Research Foundation (DFG) is Germany's central research funding organisation. Its mission is to fund and promote all fields of science and the humanities.


Germany – Research institutions at a glance

The following PDF document contains an overview of Germany's major science and research institutions.

Germany - Science and Research

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German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)


The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) is the largest funding organisation in the world supporting the international exchange of students and scholars. Since it was founded in 1925, more than 1.5 million scholars in Germany and abroad have received DAAD funding.

It also maintains the excellent website "Study in Germany":

Alexander von Humboldt Foundation

Alexander von Humboldt-Foundation

The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation promotes academic cooperation between scientists and scholars in Germany and abroad. Its research fellowships and awards have allowed many foreign scientists to carry out projects in Germany.