Foundations

Scientist in a laboratory

Many major sponsors of new research talent are organised as foundations. They include the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and a number of organisations that specifically aim to promote young talent. 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 or institutions with substantial funding.

Especially important is the Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft, a registered charity that brings together some 3,000 companies, business associations, foundations and private individuals. The trust capital of the more than 600 foundations supported by the Stifterverband’s subsidiary DSZ – Deutsches Stiftungszentrum currently amounts to over 2.6 billion euros. These foundations are able to spend approximately 140 million euros of revenues and donations a year to promote their charitable goals.

Facts and Figures

  • The Association of German Foundations lists more than 20,000 foundations under civil law which are active in various fields, e.g. education, culture, science or social purposes (2014)
  • More than 6% of third-party funding at higher education institutions is provided by foundations (incorporated under both private and public law), which amounts to 434 million euros a year (2013).

The five largest foundations incorporated under civil law and their expenditure in euros:

Source: Association of German Foundations; financial data from 2014

Contact

Firm

Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft e. V.

Address

Barkhovenallee 1

45239 Essen

Germany

Telephone

work Phone
+49 201 8401-0

E-Mail

URL

Website
www.stifterverband.de

Contact

Firm

DSZ – Deutsches Stiftungszentrum

Address

Barkhovenallee 1

45239 Essen

Germany

Telephone

work Phone
+49 201 8401-168
Foundations: Funding for Research Projects

Foundations: Funding for Research Projects

A number of foundations offer targeted funding for research projects. Some focus on specific subjects, such as environmental research or peace policy. More Foundations: Funding for Research Projects

Foundations: Funding for PhD Students

Foundations: Funding for PhD Students

PhD students can apply to a number of foundations for PhD scholarships, grants or publication subsidies. More Foundations: Funding for PhD Students

Foundations: Funding for Junior Researchers

Foundations: Funding for Junior Researchers

Several foundations specifically support individuals at the beginning of their research career with scholarships and research professorships. More Foundations: Funding for Junior Researchers

Foundations: Funding for Senior Researchers

Foundations: Funding for Senior Researchers

Various foundations fund individual projects, confer prizes, award scholarships or grant publication subsidies. More Foundations: Funding for Senior Researchers