Artificial Intelligence and the Society of the Future

area of research: engineering sciences jointly with social sciences and/or humanities
type of funding: research projects
up to 1.5 million Euro
up to 4 years
researchers of all career stages with completed doctorate; international collaborations possible
prerequisite: interdisciplinary working group, integrative research approach combining technical and social sciences
additional benefits: funding for communication of science and research

Currently no application, program is being revised

Illustration: Phonlamai Photo -
The funding initiative is aimed at researchers from the fields of technology, the social sciences and/or the humanities (Illustration: Phonlamai Photo -


The initiative focuses on joint, integrative research approaches in the social sciences and the engineering sciences. Against the background of the current and emerging developments in the field of "Artificial Intelligence" the Foundation wishes to support projects dealing with the development of new perspectives and insights with a view to shaping the future of society as well as technology. The aim is to enable novel project constellations and interdisciplinary cooperations in a scientific and socially highly topical area through a shift in thinking towards new perspectives and solutions.

An essential challenge and at the same time a special opportunity for the participating disciplines lies in the joint development of a specific topic and the associated research issues as well as in the necessary expansion of the respective range of methods. 

Scope of Funding

The funding initiative is aimed primarily at postdoctoral researchers and professors at all career levels in the social and engineering sciences who devote themselves to the challenges of artificial intelligence and society in interdisciplinary research constellations. The integration of the humanities is welcome. In addition to a substantial, longer-term project funding, one-year planning grants can be applied for upfront. 

  1. Planning Grant
    In view of the required "new Quality" of the interdisciplinary cooperation and the associated challenges for the project partners involved, the Foundation offers the option to apply for a planning grant with a duration of nine to twelve months and a maximum funding amount of EUR 150,000 in advance of submitting a full application. The financial support for this “orientation phase” is intended, among other things, to enable the composition of a suitable project team, the identification of a connecting topic, and the preparation as well as formulation of a full proposal (full grant).
  2. Funding of the Full Proposal (Full Grant)
    For longer-term work on a research topic developed by the consortium, applicants may apply for a total funding amount of maximum EUR 1.5 million for a duration of up to four years for projects involving up to five working groups.

Details of requirements and the application procedure can be found under Information for Applicants 114 (pdf). Please note: The call is currently being revised.


The funding initiative Artificial Intelligence and the Society of the Future was launched in November 2017.