“Helmholtz Enterprise funding allows us to support new companies, particularly when it comes to personnel,” says Dr Rolf Zettl, Managing Director of the Helmholtz Association. “The funds are intended to help spin-off projects hire new personnel and thus give the founders the freedom they need to work on their business plans. The funds are also designed to fill personnel gaps at the Helmholtz Centres in question, gaps that arise through employees switching to different jobs. The funding measure is an important part of our mission because it helps us promote the effective transfer of research findings into economic use.”
An external expert committee selected the following projects for funding:AeroDesignWorks, German Aerospace Center (DLR)
Helmholtz Enterprise owes its existence to the German government’s Joint Initiative for Research and Innovation, which allowed the Helmholtz Association to set up its Initiative and Networking Fund. In addition to financing measures to continually improve research excellence, promote talent and ensure equal opportunities, it also supports company start-ups via the Helmholtz Enterprise programme. The programme financed 58 start-ups in the years 2005 to 2010.Overview of the projects and the Helmholtz Centre contact persons:
The Helmholtz Association contributes to solving major challenges facing society, science and the economy with top scientific achievements in six research fields: Energy, Earth and Environment, Health, Key Technologies, Structure of Matter, Aeronautics, Space and Transport. With over 31,000 employees in 17 research centres and an annual budget of approximately €3.3 billion, the Helmholtz Association is Germany’s largest scientific organisation. Its work follows in the tradition of the great natural scientist Hermann von Helmholtz (1821-1894).
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