A Foundation of Knowledge 02.2013 - VolkswagenStiftung


A Foundation of Knowledge 02.2013 - VolkswagenStiftung


The Board of Trustees appoints the Secretary General, who

heads the Office. Together with the Executive Management

team he runs the affairs of the Foundation. At present

about 90 members of staff are responsible for processing

and submitting proposals to the Board of Trustees and

subsequently executing their decisions.

Secretary General:

Dr. Wilhelm Krull (-215)


Member of the Executive Management:

Dr. Indra Willms-Hoff (-285)


Member of the Executive Management:

Dieter Lehmann (-351)

Finance and Administration

Member of the Executive Management:

Henning Otto (-219)

The Board of Trustees

The Foundation is governed by a Board of Trustees. Each

of the Trustees, seven of whom are nominated by the

German Government and seven by the State of Lower

Saxony, is appointed for a term of five years and may be

reappointed once. The Board of Trustees is bound only by

the statutes of the Foundation.

Members of the Board of Trustees:

Lutz Stratmann (Chairperson), Member of the State Parliament

(Landtag) of Lower Saxony, Minister of Science and

Culture of Lower-Saxony (2003-2010), Hanover

N.N. (Vice Chairperson)

Professor Dr. Ursula M. Staudinger (Vice Chairperson), Vice

President of the Jacobs University Bremen and Founding

Dean of the Jacobs Center on Lifelong Learning and

Institutional Development

Professor Dr. Thomas Carell, Professor of Organic Chemistry,

Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich

Professor Dr.-Ing Heinz Jörg Fuhrmann, Chairman of the

Executive Board of the Salzgitter AG, Salzgitter

Professor Dietmar Harhoff, Ph.D., Director of the Institute for

Innovation Research, Technology Management and Entrepreneurship,

Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich


The VolkswagenStiftung is a non-profit-making foundation

established under private law based in Hanover. Its

objective is to support science, the humanities and technology

in research and university teaching. The Foundation

owes its existence to a treaty between the Governments of

the Federal Republic of Germany and the State of Lower

Saxony, which settled a controversy over the ownership

of the Volkswagen factories after the War. As a result a

“Stiftung Volkswagenwerk” (as the Foundation was called

at that time) was set up in 1961.

The Foundation is not affiliated to the car manufacturer of

the same name, but independent and autonomous in its




Professor Dr.-Ing. Wolfgang Kowalsky, Institute of High

Head: Jens Rehländer (-380)

Frequency Technology, University of Braunschweig


Professor h.c. Dr. Horst Neumann, Member of Board of


Management of Volkswagen AG, Wolfsburg

Professor Dr. Jürgen Osterhammel, Chair of Modern and


Recent History, University of Konstanz


Michael Sommer, Chairperson of the Confederation of



German Trade Unions (DGB), Berlin

Kastanienallee 35

Professor Dr. Beate Söntgen, Vice President for Research and


30519 Hannover

Humanities of Leuphana University Lüneburg, Professor of


Art History


Professor Dr. Stefan Treue, Director of the German Primate


Phone +49(0)5 11/83 81-0

Center, Göttingen


Fax +49(0)5 11/83 81-344

Professor Dr. Johanna Wanka, Federal Minister for Education



and Research, Bonn/Berlin


Professor Dr. Waltraud Wende, Ministry of Education and

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Basic Information

A Foundation

of Knowledge


At the Marine Science Center in

Rostock, Prof. Dr. Guido Dehnhardt

and his team investigate the

sensory and orientation systems of

harbour seals.

A foundation for knowledge

The Volkswagen Foundation (VolkswagenStiftung) is dedicated

to the support of the humanities and social sciences

as well as science and technology in higher education

and research. It funds research projects in path-breaking

areas and provides assistance to academic institutions

for the improvement of the structural conditions for their

work. In particular, the Foundation perceives its mission

in supporting aspiring young academics and in promoting

interdisciplinary and international collaboration.

Independent and autonomous

The foundation’s assets, amounting to about 2.3 billion

euros, are invested so as to obtain the optimum longterm

yield. The Foundation is economically independent and

autonomous in its decision-making. It is thus able to

provide funding in all branches of higher education and

research. Since its beginnings the Foundation has supported

more than 30,000 different projects, providing funding

to the tune of about 4 billion euros.

Providing new impetus

By constantly developing new funding initiatives the

Volkswagen Foundation injects impetus into the world of

research. This is achieved by drawing up initiatives which

direct attention to new areas, contents, and methods

of research and aim at improving the infrastructure for

research and higher education as well as international

cooperation. The current funding initiatives are listed on

the right side.


As a rule, applications are only accepted within the context

of current funding initiatives. Details on how to apply are

given in the respective “Information for Applicants” available

for each initiative. (Please see the Foundation’s website:


Reviews are obtained from external experts prior to any

firm decision being made. The Foundation does not retain

referees on a regular basis, but, depending on the circumstances,

may seek such expert opinions from any source

and any discipline, also from abroad. For some funding

initiatives the Foundation is advised by a review panel.

The Foundation also supports projects outside the scope of

its funding initiatives – but only under certain wellfounded

circumstances. Before embarking on a lengthy application

it is advisable to contact one of the program managers first.

International cooperation

Applications submitted by institutions located outside

Germany should also relate to a specific funding initiative.

In addition, they must contain particulars of a previously

agreed-upon cooperation with academic institutions in

Germany. This cooperation may take various forms, e.g., of

joint studies, of tackling identical problems simultaneously

but with different approaches, and of mutual exchanges

between scientists or scholarship holders.

Eric Debrah Otchere (with headphones

and recorder) studies

various musical genres of West

Africa and their significance for

the African identities.

Funding Initiatives

• • • • • • •

Persons and Structures

Lichtenberg Professorships

Freigeist Fellowships

University of the Future

Research in Museums

Opus magnum

•• • • • • •

International Focus

Between Europe and the Orient – A Focus on

Research and Higher Education in/on Central

Asia and the Caucasus

Knowledge for Tomorrow – Cooperative

Research Projects in Sub-Saharan Africa

Europe and Global Challenges

Post-doctoral Fellowships in the Humanities at

Universities and Research Institutes in Germany

and the U.S.

• • • • • • •

Challenges – for Academia and Society

Experiment! – In Search of Bold Research Ideas

Key Issues for Research and Society –

Integrative Projects in the Area of

Cultural Studies and Social Sciences

Integration of Molecular Components into

Functional Macroscopic Systems

Free-electron Laser Science: Peter Paul Ewald

Fellowships at LCLS in Stanford

European Platform for Life Sciences,

Mind Sciences, and the Humanities

Symposia and Summer Schools

• • • • • • •

Off the Beaten Track

• • • • • • •

Priority for Lower Saxony

(„Niedersächsisches Vorab“)

• • • • • • •

Communicating Science and Research

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