Volkswagen Stiftung | 2024 Pioneering Research


Event details

Date 03.09.2024
Category Call for proposal

With the program "Pioneering Research – Exploring the Unknown Unknown", the Foundation supports groundbreaking and risky research ideas with high scientific relevance. The foundation is looking for basic research projects that are not dedicated to the already 'known unknown', but that strive to explore the 'unknown unknown' thereby holding the potential for major scientific breakthroughs, but also for failure.


  • 3-5 years

  • EUR 1.3 million

Eligibility: Post-doctoral researchers and professors at German universities and research institutes. Scientific institutions from abroad can submit an application for funding. Their applications must refer to a specific funding initiative and also contain details about the previously agreed cooperation with researchers in Germany. In many funding initiatives, the German scientific institution is required to take the lead.

How to Apply:
  • Applicants must submit their application through the online platform here.  Template proposal can be found here.

Application Deadline:
  • 03 September 2024                                            

Further information:
  • More information about the program is available here.
  • For any other questions, please contact the Research Office.

Practical information

  • General public
  • Free


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