The Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (IFA), an institute of the German Social Accident Insurance (DGUV), has a scientific and technical focus. Approximately 25% of its capacity is devoted to the fields of chemical, biological and physical environmental factors, accident prevention and product safety, work science and ergonomics.
The Institute for Work and Health (IAG), an institute of the DGUV, devotes approximately 25% of its capacity to research in the fields of the social sciences, economics and education, occupational psychology, work organization, jurisprudence, and engineering.
The Institute for Prevention and Occupational Medicine of the German Social Accident Insurance (IPA) is an institute of the Ruhr University in Bochum. Approximately 50% of its capacity is devoted to research in the fields of epidemiology, allergology/immunology, molecular biology, and pathophysiology/toxicology.
Through a research fund, the German Social Accident Insurance (DGUV) provides financing on a project-by-project basis for third-party research projects which cannot be conducted by the institutions of the DGUV. Only projects of a cross-sector nature are funded. In addition, individual social accident insurers launch and finance sector-specific research projects.
Institutions supported financially by the DGUV exist for certain tasks. Even though research may not be the primary function of these institutions, they may nevertheless incur expenditure for research activity, as for example in the case of the German Road Safety Council (DVR), the Commission for Occupational Health and Safety and Standardization (KAN), the Initiative on Health and Work (IGA), and the Care Center Wismut (ZeBWis), which supports victims from uranium mining.