Key Issues for Academia and Society (completed)

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This funding initiative focusses on complex research issues which have the quality, significance, and relevance to make them “key issues” for research and society. More often than not, such issues call for cooperation between researchers with different expertise. The initiative thus aims at encouraging research groups from the humanities, cultural studies, and the social sciences to adopt new approaches to tackle such “key issues”.

The Foundation does not predefine key issues. It is up to the research groups applying for funding to make the case for their proposed research topics. An additional criterion is an integrative project design. The initiative is open to all disciplines and topics. Proposals will be selected in a comparative review process.

Scope of Funding 

The initiative addresses research groups in the humanities, cultural studies, and the social sciences. Partners from the areas of science and engineering are welcome. Funding will be made available to groups comprising two to max. five researchers at tone or more research institutions.

Details of conditions can be found under Information for Applicants (pdf).


The funding initiative was started in 1998 under the title “Key Issues for the Humanities”. In 2011 the initiative was modified to “Key Issues for Research and Society”

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Visit our Grants Database and take a look at projects already supported with this funding offer.