Legally, The German Primate Center is a limited company (Ltd). At its inception in 1977, the Federal State of Lower Saxony and the Federal Republic of Germany signed a shareholders agreement. Both shareholders hold 50 percent of the shares of the institute. The funding of personnel and material resources from federal and state government (without third-party funds) was approx. 16,3 millions of EUR in 2017.
Third Party Funding
The scientists of the DPZ spent approx. 6,5 millions of Euros from research funding organizations such as the German Research Foundation (DFG) in 2017. This corresponds to about 41 % of the amount of funding from federal and state governments (basic funding). Thus, the DPZ was able to keep the third party funding at a overall high level over the last years.
By the end of 2017, the DPZ had 429 employees, including a certain proportion of part-time workers or apprenticeship positions. However, the Institute has doubled the number of its employees in the past ten years. If one includes the staff at the field stations, the DPZ has a significantly higher number of research workers.
The DPZ is internationally focused. In December 2017, 21% of the 429 employees came from abroad or had a dual citizenship. The 88 employees come from 36 nations. In addition to Germany, Italy and France, many employees come from India, the USA, Iran and Spain.