The Foundation develops independent funding initiatives in pioneering new areas of research. Additionally, support can be provided for unusually innovative project proposals and in the area of science communication; research institutions in the Federal State of Lower Saxony are also eligible for additional support.
In the following you will find an overview of all the Foundation's current funding opportunities. Use the two search filters to narrow your search.
Please note that several categories are excluded from funding. The exclusion criteria can be found under "What we do NOT fund". For instance, at the present time it is not possible for the Foundation to fund individual PhD fellowships or student stipends.
Additional Funding Options
This funding initiative of the Volkswagen Foundation provides support for public relations activities, translations, and self-organized events for its grant recipients. Some of the specific calls for proposals within the initiative are also open to new applicants.
The funding initiative entitled “Niedersächsisches Vorab” is reserved solely for research projects at universities and research institutes in Lower Saxony, Germany.
The funding segment "Off the Beaten Track" leaves room for exemplary projects of an original, daring, and potentially transformative nature which do not fit into any established funding schemes.
With "Research in the Digital Age" the Foundation combines its activity related to the transformation of science and scholarship as well as society caused by digitalization.