The Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research is a member of the Helmholtz Association, Germany's largest scientific organization. The center is supported by the federal government of Germany and the state of Lower Saxony (90:10). The Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research employs about 600 staff from more than 40 countries and has an annual operating budget of €47 million. The Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research was founded in 1965 by the chemist Hans-Herloff Inhoffen. Since then, the facilities have grown and the scientific focus has gone through many changes. Here, you will find more about the history of the center, including information about the management and organization of the research facilities.