The Foundation Staff

At present some 100 people work directly for the Volkswagen Foundation – in the staff divisions of the Secretary General as well as in the Departments Funding, Investment Management and Finance and Administration.


Dr. Franz Dettenwanger
Program Director; Coordination Niedersächsisches Vorab
F  +49 (0)511 8381-4217
Additional information

Program Director in the funding team "Challenges — for Academia and Society", has been responsible for projects from the engineering and material sciences as well as mathematics.

Background: Studied Physics at the University of Tübingen and  NMI Reutlingen, Doctoral studies in the area of Materials Science at the Max Planck Institute for Metals Research at the University of Stuttgart, later research assistant; previously worked for DECHEMA, Frankfurt am Main, in the areas of research and research funding.

Subject areas:
 Computer Sciences  
 Engineering Sciences  

Funding initiatives:
 Niedersächsisches Vorab
 Integration of Molecular Components in Functional Macroscopic Systems (completed in 2016)
 Life? – A Fresh Scientific Approach to the Basic Principles of Life