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. 17.4 millions of EUR in 2021.
Third Party Funding
The scientists of the DPZ spent approx. 9.2 millions of Euros from research funding organizations such as the German Research Foundation (DFG) in 2021. This corresponds to about 53 % of the amount of funding from federal and state governments (basic funding). Thus, the DPZ was able to increase the third party funding over the last years.
By the end of 2021, the DPZ had 471 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 2021, 28 % of the 471 employees came from abroad or had a dual citizenship. The 130 employees come from 41 nations. In addition to Germany, Italy and France, many employees come from India, the USA, Iran and Spain.