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.

Funding offer Oct. 19, 2022

Pioneer Projects – Impetus for the German Research System

The Volkswagen Foundation wants to offer experimental spaces for fundamental innovations and significant improvements in all areas of the (German) research system. To this end, the Foundation will fund promising ideas for pioneer projects from the academic community. Deadline: March 31, 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.

2 Männer schneiden eine Torte
Video Oct. 05, 2022

Video: "Festival of Science" (in German)

viele Menschen um einen "Buzzer" versammelt
Story Oct. 05, 2022

Volkswagen Foundation: 60 years of science funding

Germany's largest private science sponsor celebrated its jubilee with many guests: The public was invited to join the big "Festival of Science" at Herrenhausen Palace in Hannover on October 1, 2022.

Funding offer Sep. 01, 2022

zukunft.niedersachsen: Research Cooperation Lower Saxony – Israel

Funding is provided for scientifically outstanding projects conducted jointly by researchers from Israel and Lower Saxony. Deadline: March 1, 2023

Cover von Broschüre Steckbrief
Publication of the Foundation Aug. 30, 2022

Profile - the Volkswagen Foundation in brief