KFN currently receives €1.5 million per year in institutional funding from the Lower Saxony Ministry for Science and Culture.

In addition, KFN has attracted substantial external funding for almost all current research projects over the years. Sponsors include, or have included, Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, the German Research Foundation), various other foundations, federal and state ministries, crime prevention bodies, cities, administrative districts and municipalities.

The state funding is essential in obtaining outside funding in that it enables KFN to attract leading experts from a range of disciplines who themselves raise research funding and create new jobs for researchers.


Organization chart

Board of Directors

Bliesener, Prof. Dr. Thomas (Director)
Bartsch, Prof. Dr. Tillmann (deputy Director)

Business Manager

Waldhof, Renate

Equal Opportunities Officer

Krieg, Yvonne
Dreißigacker, Leonie (deputy)


Bergmann, Dr. Barbara
Dreißigacker, Arne
Dreißigacker, Leonie
Goede, Laura-Romina
Hellmann, Prof.’in Dr. Deborah Felicitas (external)
Henningsmeier, Isabel
Krieg, Yvonne
Küster, Robert
Labarta Greven, Nora
Lutz, Paulina
Müller, Philipp
Neumann, Merten
Schemmel, Dr. Jonas
Schröder, Carl Philipp
Schüttler, Helena
Steinmann, Dr. Jan-Philip
Treskow, Laura


Bergmann, Birgit
Mecklenburg, Eberhard
Pfeffer, Melanie
Deyerling, Lena
Ringler, Ricardo