The institute gets its basic financing from public funds with a share of 50 per cent each from the states and federal government.
In 2013, a regular budget of EUR 23.3 million was provided.
In addition, the institute aquires third party funds through projects and industrial contracts. Third party funding amounted to EUR 8 million in 2013.
By December 31, 2013, the IPF had a total of 482 employees.
At any time, a large number of visiting scientists works at the institute for different periods. In 2012, their number amounted to 87 from 25 countries.