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.

At its summer meeting, the Board of Trustees of the Volkswagen Foundation elected Dr. Georg Schütte (born 1962) as the new Secretary General. He takes up his post on January 1, 2020, and succeeds Dr. Wilhelm Krull (born 1952)

The Volkswagen Foundation is Germany‘s largest private research funding foundation, and one of the country’s largest common benefit foundations under private law. Who established the foundation? What do we fund and how do we work? Our new video gives the answers.

The program "Research Cooperation Lower Saxony - Israel" promotes scientifically outstanding collaborative projects conducted jointly by researchers from Israel and Lower Saxony. Deadline for the current call adressing natural sciences, mathematics and engineering sciences is October 24, 2019.

The Oberwolfach Research Institute for Mathematics is one of the world's most important meeting places for mathematicians and has been funded by the Volkswagen Foundation for decades. The institution is now celebrating its 75th anniversary.

Göttingen research project "Deep Movement Diagnostics" receives around EUR 1.2 million for the development of three-dimensional reconstructions of movement patterns

Could "solar hydrogen" produced from sunlight serve as energy alternative to oil in the Antarctic? A feasibility study by HZB experts in artificial photosynthesis within the "Experiment!" funding initiative. Next deadline for applications for "Experiment!": July 10, 2019

With the MOONRISE project, the Laser Zentrum Hannover e. V. (LZH) and the Institute of Space Systems (IRAS) of the Technical University of Braunschweig are aiming at melting moon dust with a laser in order to make it usable as building material.

Even though the governments of their home countries are at loggerheads – at New Europe College (NEC), young researchers from all the Black Sea countries work together peacefully on joint projects – and thus fulfill the vision of NEC founder Andrej Plesu.