Funding offer Dec. 20, 2022

Circularity with recycled and biogenic resources

The funding line ‘Collaborative projects’ of this initiative is primarily targeted at the natural sciences and engineering.  We offer a Q&A-session (online) on Jan. 24, 2023. Deadline for application is March 1, 2023. 

Mann mit Globus
News Dec. 19, 2022

Earth system science as a new leading concept for the geosciences

At a Leopoldina symposium held on December 19, 2022, the Secretary General of the Volkswagen Foundation Dr. Georg Schütte presented a new funding initiative. Fifty years after publication of the "Limits to Growth" report, the foundation creates a renewed geo-scientific focus on the Earth system as a whole. 

Scoping Workshops
Funding offer Dec. 08, 2022

Scoping Workshops

This is about the future of your research area: What is the current status? What prospects are there for further development - and how can they be realised? With the "Scoping Workshops" the foundation offers space for discussion and intensive exchange. Apply now with your concept, deadline: June 8, 2023.

News Oct. 18, 2022

Tbilisi: International Doctoral School successfully established

The foundation provided around 800,000 euros for the substantial and sustainable improvement of PhD training in Georgia. Ilia State University and the Rustaveli Foundation also participated in the financing of the pilot program.

Farbverlauf von hellgrün zu hellblau
Publication of the Foundation Jun. 21, 2022

Status 2021 - The Volkswagen Foundation in figures

In 2021, the Volkswagen Foundation approved EUR 238.8 million for scientific projects. The foundation's assets are at EUR 3.98 billion. The most important figures, data and facts from our 2021 annual report.

News May. 12, 2022

Thirteen exceptional researchers receive Freigeist Fellowships

Around 17 million euros for unusual, high-risk research projects: Thirteen scientists were able to convince in the assessment process and receive a Freigeist Fellowship, which offers them maximum freedom for their research.

Interview May. 05, 2022

NEXT: Experimental space for science

In the following interview, Hanna Denecke, leader of the "Exploration" funding team, and Tobias Schönwitz, funding officer for the NEXT program, explain how we are paving the way for new topics and research methods under the NEXT funding framework.

360 degrees picture from a weather station in Costa Rica
News Mar. 07, 2022

Science Communication: With Virtual Reality to Costa Rica

News Mar. 03, 2022

Academic freedom on the decline

The new Academic Freedom Index data is now available. The 2022 report shows that academic freedom has decreased substantially in many countries.