The Leibniz Centre for Contemporary History (Leibniz-Zentrum für Zeithistorische Forschung – ZZF) is a research institute for German and European contemporary history in the 20th century and its impact on the present. As a member of the Leibniz Association, its basic endowment is funded half by the federal government and half by the states. Additional funding is obtained by the institute and its research projects.
The ZZF collaborates with numerous universities and other research institutes in Germany and abroad, and has an international visiting-scholar program. It is linked to the University of Potsdam by a joint professorship, and cooperates with a range of other institutes of higher learning in research, teaching and training a new generation of scholars.
The scientific work of the Institute is currently divided into four departments and the Directorate.