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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Schachfigur "Pferd"


Funding program for top-level research in Lower Saxony.

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Caroline Augenstein

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

  • Expert meeting
  • Workshop
  • With live stream

Jun. 03, 2024, 09:00 AM - Jun. 04, 2024, 12:30 PM

Workshop Science Communication

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  • Expert meeting
  • Symposium

Jun. 10, 2024, 12:00 PM - Jun. 12, 2024, 02:00 PM

Final symposium of “Research and Higher Education in Central Asia and the Caucasus”

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  • Public event
  • Leopoldina Lecture
  • With live stream

Jun. 13, 2024, 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM

Sparen in jeder Wirtschaftslage - Wie generationengerecht ist die Schuldenbremse?

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Funding offer 24. May 2024

New call: "Researching Research: Collaborative Research Projects"

"Systems of Assessment and Evaluation in Science" is the topic of the first call for proposals within the funding initiative "Researching Research: Collaborative Research Projects". Deadline for applications: February 15, 2023

Funding offer 15. May 2024

Circularity in daily life – Communication contest

The communication contest 'Circularity in daily life' relates to sciences communication, eligible for funding are transdisciplinary projects by scientists in collaboration with practitioners.