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.

360 degrees picture from a weather station in Costa Rica
News Mar. 07, 2022

Science Communication: With Virtual Reality to Costa Rica

News Mar. 03, 2022

Academic freedom on the decline

The new Academic Freedom Index data is now available. The 2022 report shows that academic freedom has decreased substantially in many countries.

Funding offer Feb. 24, 2022

Perspectives on Wealth: The (Re-)Production of Wealth

With the funding initiative 'Perspectives on Wealth', the Volkswagen Foundation aims to initiate a shift of perspective from poverty research to facets surrounding the phenomenon of wealth. A new call is planned for spring 2023.

Portrait of Sarah McCann
Interview Feb. 21, 2022

Quality in preclinical research: Networked rather than alone

Neuroscientist Sarah McCann wants to improve the quality of biomedical research and make it more reproducible. The Volkswagen Foundation is funding her research as a pioneering project in the new profile area "Understanding Research – Evaluation and Science Practice".

News Jan. 27, 2022

Promote Free Scientific Exchange: Yehudit and Yehuda Elkana Fellowships

There is less and less free space for scientifically controversial discussions. The Yehudit and Yehuda Elkana Fellowship Program wants to create this space for scientists.

Niklas Boers
Interview Dec. 13, 2021

Climate change: "It’s absolutely vital to act now"

Freigeist Fellow Niklas Boers develops novel prediction models for the earth and climate system. In this interview, he explains what findings they are already delivering - and what should be concluded from them.