Consequences of the coronavirus pandemic for the Foundation

Please note the following changes in application deadlines


July 1 2020 - Strong demand for new funding offer / Events are now being held / The Board of Trustees meets for the summer session

May 6, 2020 - The Volkswagen Foundation supports research projects from all disciplines whose findings not only contribute directly to overcoming the coronavirus-crisis, but can also provide impetus for overcoming major societal challenges in the medium to long term. Deadline: June 4, 2020. (Additional modules available for grant recipients of projects currently funded by the Foundation) 

May 5, 2020 - The corona crisis is forcing universities to push ahead with the digitization of their teaching and examination offerings. The MWK and the Volkswagen Foundation support this innovation boost with 8 million euros. In addition to individual measures that can be funded ad hoc, there will also be a long-term overall strategy: " Niedersachsen".

May 4, 2020 - Dieter Lehmann, Head of Asset Management at the Volkswagen Foundation, explains the effects of the corona crisis on the Foundation's assets and approved projects. In a video interview he shows how foundations can protect themselves against crises.

April 8, 2020 - The Volkswagen Foundation signs a statement on European solidarity in the time of the coronavirus crisis, coordinated by DAFNE and the EFC

April 2, 2020 - Interview with Henrike Hartmann, head of the funding department, about working from home – and new opportunities for change in the science system.

March 25, 2020 - Interview with Georg Schütte, Secretary General of the Volkswagen Foundation, on the effects of the Corona crisis on the Foundation's activities