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A Foundation for Knowledge

For some 40 years now the Volkswagen Foundation has been fulfilling its commitment to the furtherance of the humanities and social sciences as well as science and technology in higher education and research. It is an autonomous non-profit organization incorporated under private law; its offices are located in Hanover. At present the Foundation provides funds amounting to around 100 million euros per year. It is the largest private research-funding foundation in Germany. The Volkswagen Foundation provides financial support to academic institutions in Germany, as well as other countries, and funding is available for projects in all disciplines. Another important part of its mission is to provide support for aspiring young academics, promote international exchange and to enhance the structural conditions for research and higher education. To date, the Volkswagen Foundation has allocated a total of three billion euros to projects in Germany and all over the world.


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