Our Strengths

Cutting-edge research at non-university research institutions – a pillar of Berlin’s innovative strength

A key feature of non-university research is the pooling of expertise and specific resources. This enhances the ability of non-university research to make much needed, often highly specialised and fundamental contributions to resolving current societal problems in areas such as health, energy, sustainability and migration.

Some 18,000 employees conduct research at Berlin’s non-university research institutions. These institutions, financed primarily by joint funding from the Federal State of Berlin, the German federal government and the federal states, conduct cutting-edge research in the humanities and social sciences, engineering, natural sciences, material sciences and life sciences. In the process, they cooperate closely with the higher education institutions in the federal state.

A detailed overview of the scientific profile of Berlin’s non-university research institutions, including their economic significance in Berlin’s research landscape, is given in “Außeruniversitäre Forschungseinrichtungen in Berlin”, published by Technologiestiftung Berlin (available only in German).

Overview of non-university research institutions by the Senate Chancellery – Higher Education and Research (available only in German)

Overview of non-university research institutions in Germany in the Federal Report on Research and Innovation (pp. 74-79, available only in German)