Funding offer Aug. 23, 2023

Theme Week on Ethics of Science

The Volkswagen Foundation is hosting a "Theme Week on Ethics of Science: Ethical Dimensions of AI Research and AI in Research" from August 07 to 09, 2024. It invites applications for scientific symposia that address the nexus of artificial intelligence and scientific research from an ethical perspective. Deadline for applications: Dec. 12, 2023

Photo from inside a greenhouse
Story Aug. 22, 2023

A protected space for creative and surprising thoughts

What makes a life with science so special, and what framework conditions must be in place to make it possible for universities as our high-performance academic institutions to offer opportunities and fulfillment? A conversation between Enrico Schleiff, President of Goethe University Frankfurt, and the Secretary General of the Volkswagen Foundation, Georg Schütte – moderated by Christine Prußky.

Eine Frau und ein Mädchen laufen vor einem Mann und einem Jugendlichen durch einen Wald.
Story Aug. 16, 2023

Biodiversity - A family of researchers

In the very large thematic area of biodiversity, Joachim Haug works on very small objects: insect and crustacean larvae. His wife is also an enthusiastic zoologist. So, it's hardly surprising that the passion for research also took hold of their two children at an early age.

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Interview Jul. 20, 2023

New funding offer: Democracies under change

In a two-part funding offer, the Foundation is looking for transdisciplinary project teams to draw up recommendations on how democracies must develop in order to master the multiplicity of societal challenges. Application deadline for 'task forces': Sept. 19, 2023

mehrere Ausgaben des aktuellen Impulse-Magazins auf einem Tisch ausgebreitet
Publications of the Foundation Jul. 05, 2023

Living science - "Impulse" magazine 2023

In its 2023 issue, the foundation magazine "Impulse" introduces scientists who combine passion and profession and who are following their very own path. Let yourself be infected by the enthusiasm of these researchers - read their stories on the website download or in the print edition. 

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News Jul. 04, 2023

status 2022 – Annual report of the Volkswagen Foundation

In 2022, the Volkswagen Foundation approved EUR 331,9 million for scientific projects. Figures, data and facts from our 2022 annual report.