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Quick Facts

Figures and Facts

Important milestones:

  • 1964 DKFZ was founded
  • 1977 DKFZ joined the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG)
  • 2001 DKFZ joined the Helmholtz Association of National Research Centers (HGF)
  • 2003 The National Center for Tumor Diseases (NCT) Heidelberg was set up
  • 2007 Alliance of DKFZ and the Center for Molecular Biology of Heidelberg University (ZMBH)
  • 2008 Nobel Prize in Medicine awarded to Professor Harald zur Hausen
  • 2012 Launch of the German Consortium for Translational Cancer Research (DKTK)
  • 2014 Nobel Prize in Chemistry awarded to Professor Stefan W. Hell

Staff, total: 3,411 (as of May 2024), including

  • Staff scientists: 1,468
  • of which doctoral students: 539
  • Scientific-technical infrastructure: 544
  • Administration, management, basic services: 1225
  • Assistants, trainees: 88
  • Apprentices: 71
  • "Bundesfreiwilligendienstler": 15

858 foreign employees from 86 nations (as of May 2024)

Total budget: EUR 319 million (2019) from basic funding, project funding and own revenues

Over 100 departments and research groups

Six Core Facilities

Six Research Programs

Technology transfer: 1,911 intellectual property rights and 301 patent families (as of December 2019)

Support of 12 spin-off projects

Partial ownership of 13 enterprises

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