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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Is it possible to transfer artificial photosynthesis from the test tube into the cell?

  • Public event
  • Herrenhäuser Gespräch
  • With live stream

Apr. 13, 2023, 07:00 PM - Apr. 13, 2023, 09:00 PM

Im Metaversum - über "echtes" Leben in einer virtuellen Welt

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Künstliche Stadtlandschaft mit Fesselballon im Hintergrund
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  • Herrenhausen Extra
  • With live stream

Apr. 20, 2023, 07:00 PM - Apr. 20, 2023, 09:00 PM

Vom Bellen toter Hunde - Sind Heinrich Böll und Günter Grass bedeutungslos geworden?

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  • Public event
  • Herrenhäuser Forum
  • With live stream

Apr. 27, 2023, 07:00 PM - Apr. 27, 2023, 09:00 PM

Sonntagsbraten aus dem Bioreaktor? Wie nachhaltig Nahrung künftig sein kann

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Supporting Science in Sub-Saharan Africa: On the satisfaction derived from developing solutions

Not only crises caused by political upheavals or famines continue to wreak havoc on societies and communities on the African continent. Gilbert Fokou, a social anthropologist from Cameroon, sees himself as a bridging interface between the people and decision-makers in politics. He is driven by a strong determination to help the very poor. 

Funding offer

Opus Magnum

"Opus Magnum" offers outstanding professors from the humanities and social sciences the opportunity to write a larger scientific work, relieved by a teaching substitution. Deadline: February 1, 2024