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The primary purpose of the non-profit-making association is to set up and run LBIs and clusters according to the association’s statutes. In order to take into account the character of modern research sponsors which is increasingly determined by economic considerations, the Ludwig Boltzmann Gesellschaft set up a non-profit-making company with limited liability in 2004, Ludwig Boltzmann Gesellschaft GmbH. The limited company is 100% owned by the association. The limited company is bound by the objects of the association and also fulfils its tasks through the sponsorship of the Ludwig Boltzmann Institutes founded on the basis of calls for proposals.
Cooperation with research-conducting (university and extra-university) organisations and research-using organisations (companies, public institutions, etc.) has always been very important to the Ludwig Boltzmann Gesellschaft. The Ludwig Boltzmann Institutes thus work in strategic partnerships with companies and institutions which bring specific questions to the research work and help to define the common research programme. It is thus also guaranteed that the results are directly applicable to the partners, who could not realise their research projects without such cooperation. The joint research work thus becomes more up-to-date, relevant and of higher quality.
On the other hand it is often difficult to anticipate the results of high-level research. We take on this risk as an independent organisation with a long-term perspective.
The majority of the Institutes are located in Vienna; further Institutes are situated in Upper Austria, Styria, Salzburg as well as Lower Austria, Burgenland and Tyrol.
Outside of Austria, Ludwig Boltzmann Institutes are also found in Sweden, Germany and Switzerland.
Each Ludwig Boltzmann Institute founded since the organisational reform is supported by unpaid scientific advisory boards. The advisory board comprises five recognised experts in the discipline researched by the respective Institutes and supports the Institute in maintaining its scientific work at an internationally competitive level throughout its lifetime. The advisory board thus comprise many international members. The scientific advisory board of a Ludwig Boltzmann Institute fulfils an advisory function and is intended to provide support particularly in relation to the quality and relevance of the research programme and the academic development possibilities of the employees. Specifically, the advisory board has the following tasks: