The legal status of the FLI is that of a registered association (e.V.), registered in 1992 as Institute for Molecular Biology (IMB). In accordance to the new research orientation, the institute was renamed to Leibniz Institute for Age Research – Fritz Lipmann Institute (FLI) in 2005.
The FLI is a member of the Leibniz Association (Wissenschaftsgemeinschaft Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz e.V.). Due to the importance of Leibniz Institutes for the country as a whole, they are funded jointly by the Federation and the Länder.
The purpose of the registered association is to promote research and science, education and training in the academic field of research on aging. It therefore maintains a research institute where several research groups collaborate in common research and development programs, making their results available to the public on a regular and transparent basis.
The executive Bodies of the registered association are: