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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Mushrooms instead of concrete: innovative biomaterials enable sustainable construction

  • Expert meeting
  • Symposium

Jun. 24, 2024, 10:15 AM - Jun. 25, 2024, 04:30 PM

Joint symposium "Towards circularity 2024"

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  • Public event
  • Herrenhäuser Forum

Jun. 25, 2024, 07:00 PM - 11:00 PM

Kiffen ohne Knast – Was bringt die Teil-Legalisierung von Cannabis?

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  • Public event
  • With live stream

Jul. 12, 2024, 06:00 PM - 10:00 PM

We love Science! Summer Science Slam 2024

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News 19. June 2024

Positive feedback for distributed peer review

The Volkswagen Foundation's "Distributed Peer Review" experiment is well received by applicants, as a survey by the Research on Research Institute (RoRI) shows.

Funding offer 18. June 2024

Theme Week '(Tackling) Loneliness'

Apply now with your symposium: The aim of the (Tackling) Loneliness theme week is to explore loneliness and social isolation from a holistic, interdisciplinary and intersectional perspective and to propose solutions for more togetherness. Deadline: October 29, 2024