Mann breitet die Arme aus
Funding offer Dec. 20, 2022

Circularity with recycled and biogenic resources

The funding line ‘Collaborative projects’ of this initiative is primarily targeted at the natural sciences and engineering.  We offer a Q&A-session (online) on Jan. 24, 2023. Deadline for application is March 1, 2023. 

Mann mit Globus
News Dec. 19, 2022

Earth system science as a new leading concept for the geosciences

At a Leopoldina symposium held on December 19, 2022, the Secretary General of the Volkswagen Foundation Dr. Georg Schütte presented a new funding initiative. Fifty years after publication of the "Limits to Growth" report, the foundation creates a renewed geo-scientific focus on the Earth system as a whole. 

Scoping Workshops
Funding offer Dec. 08, 2022

Scoping Workshops

This is about the future of your research area: What is the current status? What prospects are there for further development - and how can they be realised? With the "Scoping Workshops" the foundation offers space for discussion and intensive exchange. Apply now with your concept, deadline: June 8, 2023.

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!"

Die Hände einer Großmutter nehmen die Hände eines Kindes
Interview Jun. 02, 2021

New funding offer: Aging Society in Europe

The "Challenges and Potentials for Europe" program gets a new focus. Funding manager Dr. Annabella Fick explains just what is changing and why.

Dinosaurier an einem Strand
Story May. 20, 2021

Dinosaur fate as science communication

A paleontological graphic novel brings a herd of Europasaurus dinosaurs and their ecosystem back to life – based on the fossil finds near Goslar.

Mann und Frau Symbol
Story Mar. 08, 2021

The hidden bias in AI: Programmed prejudice

Algorithms exhibit biases that may pose a threat to social cohesion. A collaborative research project led by Professor Dietmar Hübner is looking for solutions to a serious problem that will become increasingly pressing in the future.