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
  • Symposium

Apr. 16, 2024, 09:00 AM - Apr. 18, 2024, 06:00 PM

Cardiovascular Epigenetics and Gene Regulation (Keystone Symposia)

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  • Expert meeting
  • Symposium

Apr. 23, 2024, 01:00 PM - 07:00 PM

Niedersächsischer Innovationsdialog

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  • Public event
  • Herrenhausen Late
  • With live stream

Apr. 23, 2024, 08:30 PM - 10:00 PM

Die verblüffende Welt der Schwammstädte - innovatives urbanes Wassermanagement

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Grüne Gentechnik – Allheilmittel oder versteckte Gefahr?

Mit einem neuen Gesetz will die EU die Blockade gegenüber gentechnischen Verfahren durchbrechen. Am 4. April 2024 diskutieren Expert:innen in Hannover über den Nutzen und die Risiken neuer Züchtungen aus dem Genlabor.

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Call open: Women´s Impact Award

Together with Falling Walls Female Science Talents and other partners, we announce this year’s Women’s Impact Award, which is part of the Falling Walls Global Call, open until 1 May 2024.