The German research ministry, BMBF, has announced that the funding of Germany's Helmholtz-Society research body will become more transparent and competitive.

Almost a quarter of BMBF's DM 12 billion ($5.5 billion) research budget is spent in the 15 research institutions under the Helmholtz-Society's umbrella. These include the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ, Heidelberg), Max-Delbrueck Institute for Molecular Medicine (MDC, Berlin), and the Society for Biotechnological Research