As a private research funding organization, we support researchers with creative ideas aimed at changing the world of science – something we have been doing for more than 60 years now. Our mission: We endow knowledge.

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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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Societal Transformations

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

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

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Funding program for top-level research in Lower Saxony.

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We really are capable of shaping the future in real terms.

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  • Herrenhäuser Forum
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Apr. 04, 2024, 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM

Grüne Gentechnik – Allheilmittel oder versteckte Gefahr?

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  • Herrenhausen Science Movie Night

Apr. 05, 2024, 06:00 PM - 09:00 PM

Ansteckend - gestern Hollywood heute die ganze Welt

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  • Expert meeting
  • Symposium

Apr. 09, 2024, 09:00 AM - Apr. 11, 2024, 06:00 PM

HIV and (Re)Emerging Viruses: Aligning Lessons Across Pandemics (Keystone Symposia)

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Researching Research: Summer Schools & Workshops

#Research on research

Funding is provided for workshops and summer schools which offer opportunities for doctoral and postdoctoral researchers acquire additional expertise, methodological skills, and knowledge about ways of working that are crucial for further development of the research field. Deadline: January 15, 2024

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Volkswagen Foundation experiments with new peer review method

#Peer Review

In the current call of the funding initiative "Open Up – New Research Spaces for the Humanities and Cultural Studies", the foundation is testing a new review process for the first time: "Distributed Peer Review". In this interview, Dr. Hanna Denecke, team leader in the "Exploration" profile area, explains the experiment.