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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zukunft.niedersachsen

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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  • March 12, 2024 Deadline
    October 9 to 11, 2024: Themed week on water between extremes (Hannover)

    Themed week on water between extremes

    Researchers at German universities and research institutions (all career stages after the doctorate) can apply.

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    • natural, engineering and social sciences
    • funding for: organising an event (research/science)
  • March 25, 2024 Deadline for pilot projects (phase 1)
    March 2025: Deadline for full proposals (phase 2)

    Transdisciplinary Approaches to Mobility and Global Health

    The call is directed at researchers from HICs and LMICs, in close collaboration with local communities, non-academic stakeholders and other relevant actors. It is jointly initiated by the three independent private foundations Novo Nordisk Foundation (Denmark), Wellcome (Great Britain) and Volkswagen Foundation.

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    • areas of research: social sciences, life & health sciences
    • funding for: international collaborative projects
  • Next deadline for task forces in 2025
    Next deadline for cooperation projects in 2025

    Transformational Knowledge on Democracies under Change – Transdisciplinary Perspectives

    The call addresses persons from science and (civil) society who are interested in transdisciplinary research and aim at jointly developing new perspectives on democratic forms of government under change.

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    • area of research: humanities, cultural and social sciences (lead); cooperation with natural, life, data and technical sciences possible
    • type of funding: task forces, cooperation projects
  • June 30, 2024 Deadline

    zukunft.niedersachsen: Innovative diagnostic and therapeutic approaches to combat rare diseases

    The new funding offer within the framework of zukunft.niedersachsen is aimed at professors and postdocs at universities and non-university research institutions in Lower Saxony.

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    • area of research: rare diseases, personalised medicine, biomedicine, biotechnology, bioinformatics, data sciences
    • type of funding: collaborative and individual projects
  • May 31, 2024 Call for proposals (humanities and social sciences)

    zukunft.niedersachsen: Research Cooperation Lower Saxony – Israel

    Funding is provided for scientifically outstanding projects conducted jointly by researchers from Israel and Lower Saxony. 

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    • area of research: humanities and social sciences (call 2024)
    • type of funding: research projects

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And these are our completed funding offers.

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