Profile area Societal Transformations

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In this profile area, the Foundation supports research that expands and critically reflects on the body of knowledge on transformation processes with different focal points. We want to gain a better understanding of how such processes develop and the possibilities for science to influence and shape them. We encourage researchers to involve actors outside the sphere of academia in their projects, for example through participatory research or joint science communication. The aim is to better understand processes of transformation in order to anticipate important future challenges through fact-based scientific knowledge and, at the same time, to develop options for social action.

The profile area "Societal Transformations" aims to

  • identify "day-after-tomorrow" issues with the involvement of various stakeholders;
  • analyze and identify transformation challenges and promote research ideas that explore concrete transformations and identify options for action;
  • understand transformation processes and explore the contribution of science to such developments;
  • create framework conditions for transformation processes and encourage researchers to think about the transfer of their research into societal structures.

Current funding offers within the profile area

  • Currently no application possible

    Challenges and Potentials for Europe: Intergenerational Futures

    The call "Challenges and Potentials for Europe: Intergenerational Futures" is aimed at international research groups from the social sciences, cultural studies and humanities. 

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  • March 01, 2023, 10:00 PM CET

    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, engineering
    • type of funding: research projects
  • A new call for cooperation projects is planned for summer 2023 | July 06, 2023: Application deadline for summerschools

    Perspectives on Wealth: The (Re-)Production of Wealth

    The call is aimed at (inter-)national research groups, inter- and transdisciplinary teams are possible.

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    • area of research: Humanities, cultural and social sciences (lead); Cooperation with natural, life, data and technical sciences possible
    • type of funding: cooperation projects (international/national; (inter-)national summer schools
  • 21.02.2023: Online Q&A

    Pioneering projects "Societal Transformations"

    This funding offer addresses PhD holders at  universities and research institutions in Germany who develop research projects that produce transformational knowledge. 

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    • area of research: all disciplines
    • type of funding: inter- and transdisciplinary as well as (inter)national research projects