Programme-oriented funding

List of abbreviations

POF = Programme-oriented funding
Since the Helmholtz Association's foundation in Autumn 2001, all the research has been strategically restructured. Programme-oriented funding is the centrepiece of these reforms. We no longer invest our resources in individual institutions, but rather fund centre-embracing Research Programmes that compete with each other for funding. In accordance with the core objectives of the Pact for Research and Innovation, activities now concentrate primarily on achieving top-flight results through cooperation and competition. Helmholtz-Gemeinschaft

LK I + LK II = Perfomance Categories
Within the different programmes, the Helmholtz centres are pooling their research and development activities and are working on finding answers to their own scientific questions. Research activities make up part of the Helmholtz In-house research and are assigned to performance category I (LK I). By contrast, operation of large-scale scientific facilities falls in its own category, LK II. Both BER II and BESSY II are part of performance category II.

Partners in the Helmholtz community

DESY German Electron Synchrotron
DLR German Aerospace Centre
FZJ Jülich Research Centre
GFZ Helmholtz Centre Potsdam – German Research Centre for Geosciences
HI ERN Helmholtz Institute Erlangen-Nürnberg for Renewable Energy
HNSEI Helmholtz-NREL Solar Energy Initiative


Helmholtz Centre Geesthacht for Materials and Coastal Research
HZDR Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf
HZI Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research
KIT Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
PVcomB Competence Centre Thin-Film- and Nanotechnology for Photovoltaics Berlin
UFZ Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ
VI Virtual Institute

External partners

PTB National Metrology Institute providing Scientific and Technical Services
MPG Max Planck Society
BAM Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing

Research facilities at HZB

BeJEL Berlin Joint Electron Paramagnetic Resonance Laboratory
bERLinPro Energy Recovery Linac (Prototype)
BESSY VSR Concept for Variable Pulse-length Storage at BESSY II
CAT-Labor Laboratory for Catalysis Research at EMIL, operated by the Max Planck Society’s
Fritz Haber Institute/Max Planck Institute for Chemical Energy Conversion
EMIL Energy Materials In-situ Laboratory Berlin: Preparation and analysis laboratory
with lab complexes SISSY and CAT
EXED Extreme Environment Diffractometer at neutron source BER II
HFM High Field Magnet
NEAT Time-of-flight Spectrometer at Neutron Source BER II
SISSY Laboratory for In-situ Spectroscopy for Solar Materials at the synchrotron