The main objective of the Health Research Programme of the German Federal Government is to fight widespread diseases more effectively. The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) is paving the way by establishing German Centres for Health Research. The Centres are set up as long-term partnerships between universities/university clinics and scientific research institutions on an equal basis.
The German Centres for Health Research combine existing competencies and thus make a significant contribution to closing knowledge gaps and improving prevention, diagnosis and therapy of the addressed diseases. The goal of the research policy is a close co-operation of basic research with clinical research, which is geared to the needs of the patients. Close networking and the related expansion of existing research structures enable a faster transfer of research results into clinical practice (which is called translation).
The strategic cooperation of the leading scientists in the German Centres for Health Research strengthens Germany's position as a centre of science and research in the face of international competition, and significantly increases its appeal for young scientists at home and abroad.
The six German Centres for Health Research work closely together to exchange experiences and use synergies of co-operation.