The institute gets its basic financing from public funds with a share of 50 per cent each from the states and federal government.
In 2016, a regular budget of EUR 25.3 million was provided. An additional EUR 1.9 million was received as investments funds for a new building under construction.
In addition, the institute aquires third party funds through projects and industrial contracts. Third party funding amounted to EUR 8.7 million in 2016.
By December 31, 2016, the IPF had a total of 457 employees.
At any time, a large number of visiting scientists works at the institute for different periods. In 2016, their number amounted to 91 from 27 countries.