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Facts & Figures


The institutional funding of IFW is supplied by the Federal government and by the German states (Länder). In 2017, this funding was EUR 32,245,000 in total. In addition, the IFW receives project funding from external sources of about 8.5 million Euro. Thereof, about 3.4 million Euro came from German Research Foundation (DFG), 2.4 million Euro from European Union programs, 1.1 million Euro from Federal Government projects, 0.6 million Euro from industry and 1.0 million Euro from other donors including the Free State of Saxony.


On 31 December 2017, 479 staff members were employed at the IFW, including 88 doctorate students as well as 16 apprentices in seven different vocational trainings and two business students of a vocational academy. Additionally 53 fellowship holders worked at IFW, among them 20 doctorate students.
Gender equality, as well as work life balance, are defined goals of the IFW Dresden. In 2017, the percentage of women in scientific positions was 22,4 % and the percentage of women in scientific leading positions was 19,4 %. 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 2017, IFW scientists have published 444 refereed journal articles, a considerable number of them in high impact journals. Furthermore, IFW members held 169 invited talks at conferences and colloquia. By 31 December 2017, the IFW holds 117 patents in Germany and 94 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.