Our Funding Portfolio

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The Volkswagen Foundation is dedicated to the support of the humanities and social sciences as well as science and technology in higher education and research. It funds research projects in path-breaking areas and provides assistance to academic institutions for the improvement of the structural conditions for their work. 

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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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Exploration

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

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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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Funding program for top-level research in Lower Saxony.

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Funding portfolio

We focus our funding activities on selected initiatives. By means of these initiatives, we endeavor to provide effective stimuli for research and to establish forward-looking topics.

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    Data Reuse – Additional Funding for the Preparation and Storage of Research Data (Open Science)

    The funding offer aims at grantees of the Volkswagen Foundation, eligible are current projects and projects that have been funded approximately in the last 6 months.

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    • area of research: all
    • funding for: preparation and storing of research data for its reuse
  • April 09, 2024 Deadline
    Online Q&As: Feb. 23, 2024, 10 AM CET (in German) & March 1, 2024, 10 AM CET (in English)

    Open Up – New Research Spaces for the Humanities and Cultural Studies

    The funding initiative addresses teams of two or three researchers who aim to explore new and original research spaces.

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    • area of research: humanities and cultural studies, theoretical social sciences
    • type of funding: research projects; funding of a teaching substitute
  • March 01, 2024 Deadline for collaborative projects (next deadline in 2025)

    Circularity with recycled and biogenic resources

    The current call within the funding line 'Collaborative projects' of this initiative is primarily targeted at the natural sciences and engineering.

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    • area of research: natural sciences and engineering, if required social sciences
    • type of funding: research projects
  • Online Q&A session on March 4 and 18, 2024
    March 28, 2024 Deadline fellows (early career researchers) (next deadline in 2025)
    April 24, 2024 Deadline research groups (senior scientists) (next deadline in 2025)

    Change! Fellowships and research groups

    Our target group: Personalities from science who are researching transformation processes jointly with non-academic partners.

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    • area of research: all disciplines
    • funding for: own position, research project
  • March 6, 2024, 1 PM CET: Online Q&A
    April 15, 2024

    Pioneer Projects – Impetus for the German Research System

    The funding offer addresses active researchers who, in addition to their research activities, would like to explore a project idea for the further development (of a specific area) of the German research system, as well as academic administrators at universities and research institutions in Germany.

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    • area of research: all disciplines
    • up to 500,000 Euro
  • March 01, 2025 Online Q&A
    May 08, 2024 Deadline

    Perspectives on Wealth: Repercussions of Wealth

    The call is aimed at (inter-)national research consortia, collaborations with partners from LMICs are preferable, transdisciplinary consortia possible.

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    • area of research: Humanities, cultural and social sciences, economics (lead); cooperations with natural, life, data and technical science possible
    • type of funding: (inter-)national cooperation projects with up to five partners
  • March 12, 2024 Deadline
    October 9 to 11, 2024: Themed week on water between extremes (Hannover)

    Themed week on water between extremes

    Researchers at German universities and research institutions (all career stages after the doctorate) can apply.

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    • natural, engineering and social sciences
    • funding for: organising an event (research/science)
  • March 25, 2024 Deadline for pilot projects (phase 1)
    March 2025: Deadline for full proposals (phase 2)

    Transdisciplinary Approaches to Mobility and Global Health

    The call is directed at researchers from HICs and LMICs, in close collaboration with local communities, non-academic stakeholders and other relevant actors. It is jointly initiated by the three independent private foundations Novo Nordisk Foundation (Denmark), Wellcome (Great Britain) and Volkswagen Foundation.

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    • areas of research: social sciences, life & health sciences
    • funding for: international collaborative projects

Completed 

And these are our completed funding offers.

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