Werner Siemens Foundation’s call for idea: a WSS research center Technologies for Sustainability
In its philanthropic work, the Werner Siemens Foundation (WSS), based in Zug,
supports the start-up phase of outstanding research and innovation and excellent
scientists with their exceptional research ideas in the life, natural and technical sciences. The projects must address relevant problems or challenges of our time in a knowledge-oriented manner and at the same time have a high potential for application (TRL >3), including in new fields. The projects are located at universities, colleges and research institutions in Germany, Austria or Switzerland.
To mark its 100th birthday in 2023, the Werner Siemens Foundation intends to fund a
WSS centennial project: a WSS research center on “Technologies for Sustainability”,
(«Technologien für eine nachhaltige Ressourcennutzung») to be located in Germany,
Austria or Switzerland, with a total financial volume of 100 million Swiss francs for a
funding period of ten years.
Who can apply:
The call for ideas is initially not addressed to institutions, but to research personalities,
who should, however, already now present at which—as funding partner and for a
spatial accommodation necessary—host institution (university, college, research
institution in the DACH region) the WSS research center would be established for the
realization of the proposed research idea.
What is funded:
Findings and technologies from the whole range of natural and engineering
sciences based on original, also unconventional and risky ideas of excellent researchers
that can contribute in the long term and significantly to a successful pursuit of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the WSS research center “Technologies for Sustainability”.
Deadline: January 10, 2023