The Helmholtz Association pursues the long-term research goals of the state, society and the economy. To this end its 18 scientific-technical and biological-medical research centres conduct toplevel research in six research fields. With more than 43,000 employees, the Helmholtz Association is Germany's largest scientific organisation. The Brussels Office of the Helmholtz Association provides information and support in all aspects of European research funding for both the scientists and the executive boards of the Helmholtz research centres. Its goal is to facilitate their participation in EU Research programmes. It also represents the interests of the Helmholtz Association at European level and prepares Helmholtz positions and input on European science policy.