The German Research Institute for Public Administration (FÖV) is the only non-university institution in the Federal Republic of Germany doing application-oriented fundamental research in the field of administrative sciences. It was founded in 1976 as an organizationally independent institution under the jurisdiction of the Minister-President of the State of Rhineland-Palatinate; it is largely integrated, however, in the University’s administrative and other services including the library.
The Institute’s range of tasks relates to research in the field of administrative science with specific regard to the public administration’s practical needs and functions (the motto being research into and for public administration). This commitment confirms the diversity of administrative research, which is also reflected in the variety of disciplines found at the FÖV (science as law, economics, social, political and historical sciences).
As an institution of nation-wide interest, the FÖV is being furthered under the so-called “Blaue Liste” research promotion scheme jointly funded by the Federation and the States. As such, it is a member of the scientific community known as the Wissenschaftsgemeinschaft Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz (WGL).
Although the Institute holds a strategic partnership with the “German University of Administrative Sciences Speyer”, the Institute is open to external scientists. Membership may be granted by the Managing Board to scientists with outstanding performances in administrative research from both Germany and abroad. While ordinary members participate in specific research projects, corresponding members provide a scientific network assisting research cooperation as agreed by the Institute.
At present the collegially structured Institute has 26 ordinary and 19 corresponding members from Germany and abroad. Under the direction of one or more professors 30-35 junior and senior researchers carry out research projects. The corresponding members belong to the international scientific community.