The Institute was founded in 1976. Institutional precursors at the University of Administrative Sciences Speyer, however, date back another two decades, to the early days of research on public administration in post-war Germany.
The Institute was among the first to receive joint funding from the German states and the federal government when they compiled the “Blue List” of institutions of national scientific interest in 1977. Today, the Institute is a member of the Leibniz Association, a league of more than 80 non-university research institutes in Germany that seek to combine basic and applied science in an interdisciplinary manner.
The German Research Institute for Public Administration is a non-university research institute for public administration located in Speyer, Rhineland Palatinate, Germany. Founded in 1976 as an organizationally independent institution under the jurisdiction of the Minister-President of Rhineland-Palatinate, it is largely integrated in, and maintains a strategic partnership with the German University of Administrative Sciences Speyer. As an "institution of nationwide interest" it forms part of the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Scientific Community and is thus funded equally by the Federal Republic and all 16 German states. At present the institute has 26 ordinary, 19 corresponding and two honorary fellows from Germany and abroad.
The Institutes stakeholders in federal and state governments are represented in a supervisory board. In addition, an advisory board ensures close contact with academics and practitioners in public administration across a wide range of institutions. Both boards shape the Institutes research programme. In its interdisciplinary projects, some 70 scientists conduct research in order to promote comprehension, development, and improvement of public administration.