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Research hub

From archaeology to musicology, and from philology to physics, the academy pursues the widest variety of research projects. Particular areas of interest lie in the humanities, geoscience, low temperature physics and information technology. Over 60 projects are currently producing measurement series, editions, models, catalogues, dictionaries and other scientific publications. As a non-university research hub, the academy is in the unique position of having the intellectual, physical and virtual space to bring such long-term research projects to fruition. The academy regularly evaluates its long-term projects to guarantee that the science remains of a high standard even over a timespan of several generations.

Much shorter in duration than the long-term projects are the new ad hoc working groups, which work on innovative research ideas or are dedicated to issues of high social relevance. With the Leibniz Supercomputing Centre and the Walther-Meissner-Institute for Low Temperature Research, the Academy also operates two internationally renowned institutes on the Garching research campus. The Academy's newest institute - the Bavarian Research Institute for Digital Transformation (bidt) - is located close to the city center. The Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities supports excellent scientists with a scholarship in the subject areas of their projects. Fellowships of a maximum of €10,000 and a workspace at the academy are available for a period of three to six months. To the current call (german)

As part of its open-access strategy, the academy publishes all of its research findings and all project-related data free of charge.


The majority of research funding is provided by the Free State of Bavaria. About one third of the research budget is raised by the Academy as third-party funding from various donors such as the European Union, various foundations or the German Research Foundation (DFG). The most important third-party funder is the Academies' Program of the Union of the German Academies of Sciences and Humanities.

See here for a list of our projects, institutes and work groups.