UNLEASH Innovation Lab 2017: Volkswagen Foundation Supports Junior Scientists

Apply now: From August 13 to 21, 2017, the UNLEASH initiative brings together young talents from science, technology and business who are working on topics related to the SDGs of the United Nations. The Volkswagen Foundation is a partner of the initiative and supports young researchers who are funded by the Foundation.

From 2017 to 2030, the Danish initiative

UNLEASH aims to unite 1,000 young talents from all over the world, who apply with innovative ideas or insights on how to meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), at a nine-day "

UNLEASH Innovation Lab". The aim: To form a network with the young scientists, technical experts and entrepreneurs, to jointly develop their projects and to identify the most promising ideas. Within the framework of the conference, 50 participants per year will be selected whose projects are financially supported. The first "Innovation Lab" will take place in Copenhagen and Aarhus from August 13 to 21, 2017, focusing on the following SDGs: food, water, health, education and information/communication technologies, sustainable consumption and production, energy and sustainable urban development.

Application for Young Researchers funded by the Volkswagen Foundation

The Volkswagen Foundation supports the participation of up to 35 junior scientists who are currently funded by the Foundation (for example as doctoral candidates or postdocs). Qualified applicants can apply via the official website of the UNLEASH Initiative, the deadline is April 13, 2017, with their idea on how to meet the SDGs. Important information about the application can be found in the 

"Guidelines and Selection Criteria" (pdf). The Volkswagen Foundation selects the participants together with UNLEASH. For these candidates, the Foundation covers the costs for the nine-day program (including travel expenses, meals and participation fees).  For further questions, please contact Dr. Astrid Bothmann (

bothmann@volkswagenstiftung.de) or Dr. Silke Bertram (