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Funding of SWP

In order to fulfil its purpose as defined in the Statutes, SWP receives a grant approved by the German Bundestag under the budget of the Federal Chancellery (Kap. 0410 Tit. 685 11). The grant is awarded on the basis of an annual budget prepared by SWP.

SWP's government grant

2015             € 12.5 million

2016             € 12.3 million

2017             € 13.8 million

2018             € 13.7 million

2019             € 15.5 million

2020             € 15.9 million

2021             € 15,7 million

2022             € 16,1 million

In the 2022 financial year the grant covered personnel costs of €12,38 million (77 percent) and operating costs of €3,69 million (23 percent). The operating costs comprised 43 percent building rental (€1,57 million) rent and 57 percent other operating costs (€2.12 million).

The government grant covers 100 percent of SWP’s core activities, and SWP is required to manage its finances according to public-sector regulations. Thus despite possessing a private legal form, SWP operates exclusively under public regulations, in particular the Federal Budget Code (BHO), the public-sector pay agreement (TVöD), the Travel Expenses Act (BRKG) and public procurement law.

Annual Reporting and Auditing

The Board presents an annual report comprising an activity report and a financial report (annual accounts and balance sheet) to the Council.

The Board has the annual report audited by an auditor or auditing firm. The audit must include the preservation of the endowment, the proper use of endowment and other income, and the preparation of an auditor's report as per § 8 (2) of the Berlin Foundations Act.

The Board also provides the auditor's report to the oversight authority as required under § 8 of the Berlin Foundations Act.

The annual report serves as proof of use of the government grant. The Federal Chancellery is responsible for verification.

External Funding

In addition to its government grant, SWP may acquire external funding for special research projects from the public sector or other external sources.

Acquisition of external funding for a particular project is driven first and foremost by the interest of an individual researcher or the Institute as a whole in furthering existing research and advisory activities. The decisive criteria are scientific rigour, independence and relevance.

The SWP is politically independent in its research projects and publications, and defines its own research agenda. The Bundestag and German government have always supported this principle, and the German Council of Science and Humanities has underlined the value of independent scientific research. SWP therefore does not accept any research commissions

External funding

2015              € 2.15 million

2016              € 2.32 million

2017              € 2.21 million

2018              € 2.09 million

2019              € 2.72 million

2020              € 3.16 million

2021              € 3.32 million

2022              € 4.85 million

For further detail on sources of external funding, please see:
For details of funded projects please see:


SWP-Funding is »highly transparent«

In June 2016, SWP has received the maximum possible five-star rating by Transparify for the second time, reflecting its exemplary transparency when it comes to publicly disclosing its sources of funding. For the Transparify-Report 2016, 200 think tanks have been examined, 41 have been rated »highly transparent«. According to the report, SWP is the most transparent think tank in Germany and one of the most transparent ones worldwide.