The German research landscape is structured and funded in a diverse way. Among the most important research institutes in Germany are numerous university departments as well as the non-university institutions of Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, Helmholtz Association, Leibniz Asso-ciation and Max Planck Institute. The non-university institutions are funded by the German federal budget and the Länder governments to varying extents..
Apart from these institutions and their research activities there are the research and developmental activities of the federal and state departments, the so called departmental research (Ressortforschung).
Departmental research is accomplished by scientific authorities subordinated to a ministry as well as by means of awarding research contracts, for example to universities or research insti-tutes such as Leibniz Association or Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft. Departmental research serves as a bridge between science, society and politics. Its main task is to offer scientific advice to the ministries.
Research Institutions in FISA
In FISA, research institutions are presented according to their federal state (Bundesland) and their way of funding (public, private, NGO/ association).
The detailed view of a research institution provides you with an overview of the projects an institution is leading or involved with. If there are any subordinated institutions, they and their projects will be listed as well.