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Many major sponsors of new research talent are organised as foundations. They include the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation , which uses mainly public funding to enable highly qualified foreign researchers to undertake research stays in Germany. However, there are also organisations, such as Stiftung Bildung und Wissenschaft , that especially support junior researchers. Other large foundations, such as the Robert Bosch Stiftung , the Volkswagen Foundation , the Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt , the Klaus Tschira Stiftung and the German Foundation for Peace Research , also support researchers, research projects and institutions with substantial funding.
Especially important is the Stifterverband, a registered charity that brings together some 3,000 companies, business associations, foundations and private individuals. The trust capital of the over 640 foundations supported by the Stifterverband’s subsidiary DSZ – Deutsches Stiftungszentrum currently amounts to more than 2.7 billion euros. These foundations are able to spend approximately 120 million euros of revenues and donations a year to promote their charitable goals.
Facts and Figures
Over 5,200 foundations incorporated under civil law have made the promotion of education and research a foundation goal (2016)
A total of 476 million euros – that is 6.5% of third-party funding at higher education institutions – is provided by foundations (2014)