BMBF Initiative “German Centers for Health Research”

Ms Addo, Ms Eggert, Ms Maison and Mr Zimmermann: What makes the DZG so special? (This film is in German)

Ms Ansari, Ms Grunewald, Mr Hashemi and Ms Pagel: What makes the DZG so special for young scientists? (The film is in German)

Image film (in German)

About us

The goal of the seven German Centers for Health Research (DZG) is to combat particularly common diseases - the widespread diseases - more effectively. They bring together non-university and university partner institutions from all over Germany.

Six DZGs were established between 2009 and 2012 on the initiative of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), (how it all began). The German Center for Mental Health (DZPG, Deutsches Zentrum für Psychische Gesundheit) was established in 2023. A further German Center for Child and Adolescent Health (Deutsches Zentrum für Kinder- und Jugendgesundheit) is planned.

The number of people suffering from or newly diagnosed with widespread diseases such as cancer, cardiovascular, metabolic, infectious, pulmonary or neurodegenerative diseases continues to be a cause for concern.

In the DZGs, scientists work together to ensure that research results reach medical care and thus patients more quickly.

The DZG Innovation Fund, a joint research funding programme of the German Centers for Health Research, connects an interdisciplinary network of researchers from different DZG locations.

The DZGs have been working closely together since the beginning, including in the areas of biobanking, artificial intelligence, data management, promotion of young scientists, public relations, prevention, global health and regulatory aspects of clinical trials.

SYNERGIE magazine

RESEARCH FOR HEALTH – under this motto, the German Centres for Health Research publish the SYNERGIE magazine twice a year and report on projects and successes in translational research.

The SYNERGIE magazine is available online all issues
The printed edition can be subscribed to at

DZG Innovation Fund

The DZG Innovation Fund (DZGIF) is a joint research funding programme of the German Centers for Health Research (DZG). There is an agreed research topic for each call for proposals. The prerequisite for the funding of a project is the participation of scientists from at least three of the six DZG.

By founding the DZGIF, the centers are pooling their expertise in order to facilitate and fund promising, cross-disease research ideas.


Research for a healthy psyche: New German Center for Health Research

The Deutsches Zentrum für Psychische Gesundheit (DZPG, German Center for Mental Health) is another German Center for Health Research (DZG). This brings the number of DZGs, including the DZHK, to seven: The aim of the German Centers for Health Research is to combat widespread diseases more effectively. The DZGs were established on the initiative of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). Since May 2023, experts at the Deutsches Zentrum für Psychische Gesundheit (DZPG) have been working to improve the mental health of the population and destigmatise mental illness through collaborative research. At six locations in Germany, clinicians and researchers work together with patients and their families.

Press release (9 January 2024)

The six spokespersons of the DZPG sites (from left to right): Prof. Andreas Meyer-Lindenberg (Mannheim-Heidelberg-Ulm), Prof. Peter Falkai (Munich-Augsburg), Prof. Andreas Heinz (Berlin-Potsdam), Prof. Silvia Schneider (Bochum-Marburg), Prof. Andreas Fallgatter (Tübingen), Prof. Martin Walter (Halle-Jena-Magdeburg). | © DZPG

Ten years of DZG: "Pacesetters in health research"

Four of six German Centers for Health Research (DZG) celebrated their tenth anniversary in May 2022 with a ceremony in Berlin and around 300 guests from the worlds of politics and science. Federal Research Minister Bettina Stark-Watzinger, Hessian Science Minister Angela Dorn, Berlin State Secretary of Health Dr Thomas Götz, former Federal Research Minister Annette Schavan, Prof. Christian Drosten and BioNTech Co-Founder and Chief Medical Officer Prof. Özlem Türeci offered their congratulations at the event and digitally.

Press release (19 May 2022)

From the left: Dr. Julia Pagel (DZIF), Prof. Dr. Dirk Busch (DZIF), Prof. Dr. Christian Drosten (DZIF), Dr. Theresa Suckert (DKTK), Gesundheitsstaatssekretär Dr. Thomas Götz, Prof. Dr. Michael Baumann (DKTK), Bundesministerin a.d. Dr. h.c. Annette Schavan, Dr. Djawid Hashemi (DZHK), Prof. Dr. Stefanie Dimmeler (DZHK), Prof. Dr. Werner Seeger (DZL), Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Martin Hrabě de Angelis (DZD), Dr. Sabine Helling-Moegen (DZNE), Meshal Ansari (DZL). | © DZG