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POF Program

The Helmholtz Association contributes to solving grand challenges which face society, science and industry by performing top-rate research in strategic programmes in the fields of Aeronautics, Space and Transport, Earth and Environment, Energy, Health, Key Technologies, and Matter.

The 18 Helmholtz Centres explore systems of great complexity with large-scale facilities and scientific infrastructure, cooperating closely with national and international partners and contribute to shaping our future by combining research and technology development with perspectives for innovative applications and viable prospects for tomorrow's world.

During the POF IV funding period, the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin participates in a total of five programmes as part of the Helmholtz research fields “Energy” , “Matter” and "Information".  More information can be found on the website of the Helmholtz Association.


  • Energy Systems Design (ESD)
  • Materials and Technologies for the Energy Transition (MTET)


  • Natural, Artificial and Cognitive Information Processing


  • Matter and Technologies (MT)
  • From Matter to Materials and Life (MML)