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In 2018, the Foundation approved EUR 207.2 million for scientific research projects and events. Compared to 2017, this represents an increase of 30.7% – and is at the same time the second highest funding amount in the history of the Foundation. The focus was on realigning the funding portfolio in order to offer new pathways and more scope for creative research.

Welche Rolle spielen Museen heute in der Gesellschaft? Wo liegen ihre Herausforderungen – wo die ihrer Partnerinnen und Partner an den Hochschulen? Und welchen Beitrag leistet die sammlungsbezogene Forschung? Diese sowie weitere Fragen adressiert die Konferenz "Welche Museen für welche Gesellschaft? 10 Jahre Forschung in Museen" vom 18. bis 20. März 2019 in Hannover – Medienvertreterinnen und -vertreter sind herzlich dazu eingeladen!

Confidence in the independence of science is waning, research facts are denied: Those who want to convey science to a broad audience are facing new challenges. These challenges and how to approach them constructively - that's what the contributions in our focus "Science and Society" are about.

Annual reports, basic information, speeches by the secretary general and other publications by the Volkswagen Foundation.

New: Video on the Freigeist Fellowships

Are you a researcher and a Freigeist? The Volkswagen Foundation is looking for research talents in all disciplines with an extraordinary research idea, who tread new territory.