Woman in front of a shelf with records
Story Mar. 16, 2023

Supporting Science in Sub-Saharan Africa: Saving people and sounds from being forgotten

Lizabé Lambrechts researches South African popular music from the apartheid era 

Frau in einem Museumsarchiv mit großformatigen Gemälden
Story Feb. 16, 2023

Provenance Research: The Stories Behind the Things

Diving into archives, tracing the migration of museum objects through time and contexts – this is how provenance researcher Claudia Andratschke describes her work. A portrait.

Funding offer Feb. 23, 2023

New funding offer "Earth System Sciences"

Universities in Germany with a geoscience focus can apply for one to two junior tenure-track professorships. Deadline is Nov. 15, 2023.

News Jul. 13, 2021

Preventing pandemics: New funding initiative initiated

How can viruses be prevented from being transmitted from animals to humans and thus triggering the next pandemic? With its new funding initiative, the Volkswagen Foundation is supporting researchers who are looking for answers to this complex question.

News Jul. 05, 2021

Cultural heritage: What yesterday teaches us for tomorrow

Together, the Foundation Compagnia di San Paolo, the Riksbankens Jubileumsfond and the Volkswagen Foundation are funding eight international projects in the field of tension between "heritage and change".

Ein Knoten aus drei Bändern
News Jun. 29, 2021

Science communication: Foundation funds four new centers for research

How does science communication work? Which conditions are supportive? In order to sustainably advance research on science communication in Germany, the Foundation is funding four consortia with 15 million euros.

Cover des Jahresberichts 2020
Publication of the Foundation Jun. 28, 2021

Annual Report: Status 2020

Farbverlauf von hellgrün zu hellblau
In brief Jun. 28, 2021

status 2020 - The Volkswagen Foundation in figures

The Volkswagen Foundation approved EUR 248.5 million for scientific projects in the 2020 Corona year. The foundation's assets are almost unchanged at EUR 3.55 billion. Here you will find the most important figures, data and facts from our 2020 annual report.

Cover Impulse 2021
Publication of the Foundation Jun. 23, 2021

Impulse 2021 (in German): "Nur nicht aufhalten lassen!"