Germany’s achievements in science and technology are remarkable, and research and development efforts form an integral part of the country’s economy. Germany is home to some of the most prominent researchers in various scientific disciplines, especially physics, mathematics, chemistry and engineering. The output of scientific research from Germany is regularly among the world’s best.

There are around 100 universities in Germany. They are important players in the German research landscape. But only part of the research originates at universities: there is a large landscape of many different non-university research institutions.

There are research institutions that are state-supported, including the federal research institutions, which are linked to the respective federal ministry depending on the research subject, and the state research institutions, which are assigned to the respective federal states.

Many research institutions have joined together in research societies. There are four major research societies in Germany: The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, the Helmholtz Association, the Leibnitz Association and the Max Planck Society. The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, for example, is the largest organisation for application-oriented research in Europe.

In addition to the numerous public research institutions, there are many institutions supported by industry and, of course, many well-known companies that conduct research themselves or operate research institutes.

In our directory you will find useful information on universities and colleges, public and industrial research institutions.