Illu with two portraits, a microphone in the background
Interview Apr. 18, 2024

Wanted: scientific frontrunners for "Pioneering Research - Exploring the Unknown Unknown"

The new call for proposals for "Pioneering Research - Exploring the Unknown Unknown" offers higher funding amounts and longer funding periods. Pavel Dutow and Theresa Greupner explain what has changed and who can apply. Application deadline for the program is Sept. 3, 2024.

Zwei Frauen auf einer Bühne
News Mar. 21, 2024

Call open: Women´s Impact Award

Together with Falling Walls Female Science Talents and other partners, we announce this year’s Women’s Impact Award, which is part of the Falling Walls Global Call, open until 1 May 2024.

Faces of Annabella Hüfler-Fick und Mona Weyrauch.
Interview Mar. 06, 2024

Become an "Agent of Change!": The Program Directors explain how it works

The media is increasingly full of gloomy news – wars, climate warming, crisis of democracy. What can be done to counteract the negative effects? The funding initiative "Change! Fellowships and Research Groups" aims to bring about social change through the findings of transdisciplinary research. Annabella Hüfler-Fick and Mona Weyrauch provide information about what researchers need to consider when applying.

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News Mar. 05, 2024

Experiments with Animals – Statement

Why the Volkswagen Foundation also funds projects involving experiments with animals.

Adelheid Wessler looks at tha camera.
Interview Feb. 22, 2024

Transdisciplinary research: "We firmly believe this concept works"

The Volkswagen Foundation believes that transdisciplinary research is a promising way of tackling major future issues. In the following interview, team leader Adelheid Wessler explains how the Foundation wants to create new funding opportunities to help establish this methodological approach over the long term – alongside basic and discipline-defined research.

Demonstrators in front of the Reichstag building in Berlin can be seen as well as a poster with the inscription "Defensive Democracy Now".
News Feb. 12, 2024

Defend academic freedom!

In the following statement, the Volkswagen Foundation reaffirms its commitment to the protection of democracy and academic freedom.