As a private research funding organization, we support researchers with creative ideas aimed at changing the world of science – something we have been doing for more than 60 years now. Our mission: We endow knowledge.

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Understanding Research

Critically exploring and reflecting on the research system with a view to initiating positive change on areas such as career paths, governance, research and teaching.

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Societal Transformations

Expanding knowledge about processes of transformation and developing possible courses of action together with stakeholders in civil society.

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Breaking into previously unexplored research territory with unconventional ideas and experimental approaches.

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Funding program for top-level research in Lower Saxony.

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Caroline Augenstein

We really are capable of shaping the future in real terms.

  • Public event
  • Herrenhäuser Gespräch
  • With live stream

May 23, 2024, 07:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Dresscode – über die soziale Bedeutung von Kleidung

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  • Expert meeting
  • Workshop
  • With live stream

Jun. 03, 2024, 09:00 AM - Jun. 04, 2024, 12:30 PM

Workshop Science Communication

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  • Expert meeting
  • Symposium

Jun. 10, 2024, 12:00 PM - Jun. 12, 2024, 02:00 PM

Final symposium of “Research and Higher Education in Central Asia and the Caucasus”

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Funding offer 29. April 2024

Pioneering Research – Exploring the Unknown Unknown

With the program "Pioneering Research – Exploring the Unknown Unknown", the Foundation supports groundbreaking and risky research ideas with high scientific relevance. Deadline for applications is Sept. 3, 2024.

Funding offer 22. April 2024

Additional Funding for Science Communication

Current grantees of the Volkswagen Foundation can apply for additional support for innovative projects aimed at communicating science. Deadline for application is August 27, 2024, deadline for workshop registration is May 23, 2024.