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The money thing

How we finance ourselves

Where does the money come from?” – this is one of the questions we are asked most frequently. The answer is: from the Klaus Tschira Foundation and a host of institutions in academia, business, the media and society.

The Science Media Center Germany was masterminded by the German Association of Science Journalists, WPK, the professional organisation of science journalists in Germany. 

SMC is a non-profit organisation which was founded in June 2015 on the basis of a funding agreement with the Klaus Tschira Foundation (KTS). This foundation was established by Klaus Tschira, one of the founders of the software giant SAP, to promote the natural sciences, mathematics and computer sciences; it also advocates new science communication formats and supports the formulation and comprehensible presentation of research findings. The original seed funding was 1.5 million euros for a period of three years.

Other sponsors support SMC with donations and grants or by becoming members of the Association of Friends and Sponsors, including expert associations, research institutes, media enterprises, public bodies and ministries, private individuals, foundations, universities, associations, businesses and science organisations.

In autumn 2016, the Klaus Tschira Foundation agreed to extend its financial commitment for a further two years until mid-2019. In addition to the other sources of finance, this secures SMC’s basic funding.

In our fundraising, we actively recruit additional sponsors and strive to achieve a balance in the financial support deriving from the various sectors of society. This enables us to underscore our non-profit approach, which is sustained by many dedicated individuals, and helps us to minimise the risk potential for bias or dependence on specific interests.

Editorial independence is also secured in SMC’s articles of association which state that the work of SMC’s editors will be conducted without outside interference from financial supporters, members or other third parties.

We reserve the right to reject donations and grants from funders whose ethical principles we do not share.

Visit For Sponsors for further information on SMC’s financing, the founding members of the Association of Friends and Sponsors, and more.

Information on the 2015 and 2016 financial statements can be found here. (in German only)