BIM activities are implemented via two different legal entities: the Ludwig Boltzmann Association and the BIM-Research Association. In addition the BIM closely co-operates with the Research Centre Human Rights at the University of Vienna.
In 2015 the budget of the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute was € 2.28 million. The Research Association operated with € 1.0 million.
Funding of the BIM comes from a broad range of sources and is mainly project-based.
Over the last years 65-80% of the budget for activities implemented via the Ludwig Boltzmann Association are funded by different Directorates General of the European Commission: In the area of EU enlargement the most important instrument is Twinning (DG Enlargement); further funding programmes through which the BIM carried out its projects are the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (Europeaid), the 7th Framework Programme, respectively HORIZON 2020 (DG Research), Fundamental Rights and Citizenship, DAPHNE (DG Justice) and the European Refugee Fund (DG Home). The BIM is regularly commissioned by the Fundamental Rights Agency to carry out studies on specific fundamental rights issues.
On the national level, the ongoing cooperation with the Austrian Development Agency (ADA) is essential for research in the field of development co-operation as well as support received from the Austrian Ministry of European and International Affairs, in 2013 specifically for the joint expert conference „Vienna+20: Advancing the Protection of Human Rights“.
In recent years, funding by Austrian research foundations such as the Austrian Science Fund, the Jubilee Fund of the Austrian National Bank, the Austrian Climate Fund and the Zukunftsfonds could be successfully secured for a number of multi-annual projects. Additionally, private foundations (Straniak Foundation, the German UP Microloans Foundations and the RD Foundation) have decided to support the work of the BIM.
The most important partner for the BIM Research Association is the Austrian Federal Ministry for Education, facilitating the work of centre polis in the area of civic education. Since 2012 the Austrian Ombudsman Board finances the co-ordination of two commissions of the Austrian National Preventive Mechanism. In the area of Corporate Social Responsibility, BIM continuously provides businesses with human rights expertise.
Besides, numerous cooperations exist with NGOs, further ministries, partner organisations and donors through which we were able to issue publications and carry out events and smaller projects.