Challenges - for Academia and Society

The Volkswagen Foundation as a funding institution also sees itself called upon wherever politics, the economy and society at large look to researchers for orientation and support – in a close exchange of ideas with practice.

Here, the Foundation aims at drawing attention towards new areas of research and stimulating investigations which transcend the existing borders between research and practice, different disciplinary cultures, or between German and international research – including areas which may well harbor potential risk. Topics and issues are identified in close cooperation with the field. The Foundation also supports research in areas where politics, the economy, or society turn to researchers for orientation and scientifically grounded advice on shaping the future or the resolution of concrete issues.

Depending on the respective case, the Foundation has a number of different funding instruments at its disposal. For instance, these instruments might pursue the objective of bringing about a change in working methods, or inducing the realization of latent synergies by new forms of cooperation.

The Volkswagen Foundation as a funding institution also sees itself called upon wherever politics, the economy and society at large look to researchers for orientation and support – in a close exchange of ideas with practice.

Here, the Foundation aims at drawing attention towards new areas of research and stimulating investigations which transcend the existing borders between research and practice, different disciplinary cultures, or between German and international research – including areas which may well harbor potential risk. Topics and issues are identified in close cooperation with the field. The Foundation also supports research in areas where politics, the economy, or society turn to researchers for orientation and scientifically grounded advice on shaping the future or the resolution of concrete issues.

Depending on the respective case, the Foundation has a number of different funding instruments at its disposal. For instance, these instruments might pursue the objective of bringing about a change in working methods, or inducing the realization of latent synergies by new forms of cooperation.