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Facts & Figures


The institutional funding of IFW is supplied by the Federal Government and by the German States (Länder). In 2018, this funding was EUR 32,862,000 in total. In addition, the IFW receives project funding from external sources of about 9 million Euro. About half of this comes from German Research Foundation (DFG). Other important donors are the European Union, the Federal Government, the Free State of Saxony and industry.


On 31 December 2018, 481 staff members were employed at the IFW, including 93 doctorate students as well as 18 apprentices in six different vocational trainings and two business students of a vocational academy. Additionally 48 fellowship holders worked at IFW, among them 19 doctorate students.
Gender equality, as well as work life balance, are defined goals of the IFW Dresden. In 2018, the percentage of women in scientific positions was 24 % and the percentage of women in scientific leading positions was 27 %. The IFW is regularly audited for the certificate “audit berufundfamilie” - a strategic management tool for a better compatibility of family and career.

Number of publications and patents

In terms of publications, the qualitative and quantitative level remains high at the IFW. In 2018, IFW scientists have published 420 refereed journal articles, a considerable number of them in high impact journals. Furthermore, IFW members held 171 invited talks at conferences and colloquia. By 31 December 2018, the IFW holds 87 patents in Germany and 105 international patents.


The IFW Dresden was founded on January 1, 1992 transforming the former Academy Institute to an Institute of the ‘Blaue Liste’. It emerged from the largest materials science center of the former GDR, which was at the time already internationally acknowledged. Since then the IFW developed into a leading institute in selected topics of materials science.