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Volkswagen Foundation

Grants for research and international professional collaboration between Germany and partners in Sub-Saharan Africa and Central Asia

Principal Office: Germany


The Volkswagen Foundation is among the major foundations in Germany. Its mission is to establish forward-looking fields of knowledge.

Grant Programs for Agriculture, Energy, Environment, Natural Resources

The Foundation supports collaborative partnerships between German and international researchers in program areas defined by the Foundation. The program areas of main relevance in the Terra Viva Grants Directory are identified below.

Collaborative Research Projects. This program funds interdisciplinary, multi-method and internationally oriented research projects with the aim to bring together the expertise of different communities. The funding scheme is aimed at scientists and scholars of all career stages from postdoc onwards who work on issues related to research on research. The Foundation expressly welcomes internationally oriented project teams that involve international cooperation partners. > About the program

APPLICATION: “Collaborative Research” has an annual deadline. Each call defines the aims, criteria, and process to apply for funding. > About how to apply


Geographical Distribution of Grant Activities in Developing Countries


Useful Information

The Foundation’s website is available in German and English.

In its more than 50 years of existence, the Volkswagen Foundation has funded approximately 30 thousand projects for a total expenditure of over €4 billion.

Grant seekers should consult the Foundation’s general information on applying for support.

The Foundation posts current funding opportunities in all fields.