Press Release 157/2012

KIT is Top in Acquiring Third-party Funding

KIT is in First Place in Total Income and Income per Professor

In 2010, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) acquired third-party funding in the total amount of EUR 273.5 million. This corresponds to about EUR 876,600 per professor. This made KIT reach the first place of all German universities as far as total income and per-capita third-party funding are concerned. Acquisition of third-party funding is considered a major indicator of strength in research.


The data published recently by the Federal Statistical Office of Germany for the year of 2010 refer to KIT’s university sector exclusively and reveal an income in the amount of EUR 137 million. This made KIT’s university sector alone reach the first place in Baden-Württemberg and the fifth place in Germany in 2010. As far as third-party funding per professor is concerned, KIT’s university sector alone acquired EUR 542,900 in 2010 and reached the first place in Baden-Württemberg and third position in Germany according to the Federal Statistical Office. However, the university and Karlsruhe Research Center merged into KIT one year before in 2009 already and research and teaching activities were closely interlinked.  


Complete KIT acquired third-party funding in the amount of EUR 273.5 million in 2010. With an income acquired per professor of EUR 876,600, KIT exceeded the federal average by more than a factor of 3 and reached the top in Germany. According to the data of the Federal Statistical Office, a professor at German universities and medical institutions acquired an average third-party funding of EUR 261,700 in 2010.


More information on the evaluation results of the Federal Statistical Office:

Being “The Research University in the Helmholtz Association”, KIT creates and imparts knowledge for the society and the environment. It is the objective to make significant contributions to the global challenges in the fields of energy, mobility, and information. For this, about 10,000 employees cooperate in a broad range of disciplines in natural sciences, engineering sciences, economics, and the humanities and social sciences. KIT prepares its 22,800 students for responsible tasks in society, industry, and science by offering research-based study programs. Innovation efforts at KIT build a bridge between important scientific findings and their application for the benefit of society, economic prosperity, and the preservation of our natural basis of life. KIT is one of the German universities of excellence.

or, 16.10.2012

Margarete Lehné
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