As a registered association the Leibniz Association pursues exclusively non-profit objectives: it promotes science and research at its member institutions whilst safeguarding their scientific, legal and economic independence.
The institutions in the Leibniz Association cooperate intensively with one another as well as with universities, institutes belonging to other research organisations, business enterprises, state institutions and social organisations at national and international level.
For the purpose of representing their joint interests, the institutions have amalgamated to form the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Scientific Association (“Wissenschaftsgemeinschaft Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz e.V.”). The Leibniz Association maintains various decision-making and advisory committees composed of in-house and external members. Leibniz Headquarters and the Evaluation Department support these committees in their respective areas of responsibility.