BIM activities are implemented via three different legal entities: the Ludwig Boltzmann Association, the BIM-Research Association and the University of Vienna within the framework of the Research Platform Human Rights in the European Context.
In 2012 the budget of the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute was € 2.5 million. The Research Association operated with € 700,000 and the Research Platform with € 120,000 as well as € 200,000 from third parties.
Funding of the BIM and Research Platform comes from a broad range of sources and is mainly project-based.
Activities implemented via the Ludwig Boltzmann Association are mainly 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 in recent years are the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (Europeaid), the 7th Framework Programme (DG Research), Fundamental Rights and Citizenship, DAPHNE and the European Refugee Fund (all DG Justice).
On 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 2011 and 2012, funding by Austrian research foundations such as 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 from 2012 also 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, Science and Art, 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. Between 2006 and 2011 two projects on poverty reduction and social inclusion in Macedonia were funded by ADA. 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.