Our Funding Portfolio

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The Volkswagen Foundation is dedicated to the support of the humanities and social sciences as well as science and technology in higher education and research. It funds research projects in path-breaking areas and provides assistance to academic institutions for the improvement of the structural conditions for their work. 

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Societal Transformations

Expanding knowledge about processes of transformation and developing possible courses of action together with stakeholders in civil society.

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Exploration

Breaking into previously unexplored research territory with unconventional ideas and experimental approaches.

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Understanding Research

Critically exploring and reflecting on the research system with a view to initiating positive change on areas such as career paths, governance, research and teaching.

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SPRUNG

Funding program for top-level research in Lower Saxony.

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Funding portfolio

We focus our funding activities on selected initiatives. By means of these initiatives, we endeavor to provide effective stimuli for research and to establish forward-looking topics.

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  • January 11, 2023, 11:59 PM CET

    Additional Funding for Science Communication

    The offer is aimed at grantees currently receiving funding from the Volkswagen Foundation.

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    • all disciplines
    • funding for: innovative measures for science communication
  • Currently no application possible

    Challenges and Potentials for Europe: Intergenerational Futures

    The call "Challenges and Potentials for Europe: Intergenerational Futures" is aimed at international research groups from the social sciences, cultural studies and humanities. 

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  • March 01, 2023, 10:00 PM CET

    Circularity with recycled and biogenic resources

    The current call within the funding line 'Collaborative projects' of this initiative is primarily targeted at the natural sciences and engineering.

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    • area of research: natural sciences, engineering
    • type of funding: research projects
  • Apply anytime

    Data Reuse – Additional Funding for the Preparation and Storage of Research Data (Open Science)

    The funding offer aims at grantees of the Volkswagen Foundation, eligible are current projects and projects that have been funded approximately in the last 6 months.

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    • area of research: all
    • funding for: preparation and storing of research data
  • Application possible at any time

    Lichtenberg Endowed Professorships

    The "Lichtenberg Endowed Professorships" are aimed at outstanding academics conducting research in innovative and interdisciplinary fields.

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    • all subject areas
    • funding for: professorship
  • April 27, 2023, 10:00 PM CET | Online Q&A: 08. and 15.02.2023

    Momentum – Funding for Recently Tenured Professors

    The funding offer is aimed at professors three to five years after taking up their first tenured professorship at a university in Germany.

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    • area of research: all disciplines
    • type of funding: concepts for the broadening of perspectives
  • Currently no application possible

    NEXT – Neuromorphic Computing

    This call aims at fostering collaboration and networking between scientists from the diverse research areas engaged in the field of "neuromorphic computing" and other recent approaches beyond the mainstream von Neumann architecture.

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    • area of research: natural sciences, engineering sciences, life sciences
    • type of funding: workshop participation incl. travel expenses, research projects
  • March 13, 2023, 02:00 PM CET | Online Q&A: 09.02.2023, 10 am

    Open Up – New Research Spaces for the Humanities and Cultural Studies

    The funding initiative addresses teams of two or three researchers who aim to explore new and original research spaces.

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    • area of research: humanities and cultural studies, theoretical social sciences
    • type of funding: research projects; funding of a teaching substitute
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And these are our completed funding offers.

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