In the following section, we have gathered information on foundations that are active in research funding in a broader sense and foundations associated with the University of Tübingen.

For current calls please check the Research Funding News.

The Association of German Foundations maintains an online database of foundations in Germany.

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Foundations at the University of Tübingen

Universitätsbund Tübingen e.V.

As an association of the Freunde der Universität Tübingen e.V., Universitätsbund Tübingen e.V. serves as the University of Tübingen's own funding association. It supports university projects in all areas, from research and teaching, studies and further scientific training to maintaining the university's external relations.

Erwin Riesch Foundation

Non-profit foundation under private law managed at the University of Tübingen. Preferably supports junior researchers, especially in the fields of biochemistry and clinical chemistry including physiology, with a focus on travel grants.

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Research-funding foundations in Germany

Alexander von Humboldt Foundation

Charitable foundation of the Federal Republic of Germany for the promotion of international cooperation in research. Promotes scientific cooperation between excellent foreign and German researchers in all disciplines from the postdoctoral phase onwards. Programs, fellowships and prizes for researchers who come to Germany or want to go abroad from Germany.

Alexander von Humboldt Foundation: https://www.humboldt-foundation.de/en/

Baden-Württemberg Foundation

Private foundation in state ownership to promote the future of the state of Baden-Württemberg in the fields of education, research, and society and culture. Operational research funding through own thematic and open funding lines; promotion of junior researchers, for example through an elite program for postdoctoral researchers.

Baden-Württemberg Foundation: https://www.bwstiftung.de/ (in German ony)

Carl Zeiss Foundation

Private foundation and shareholder of Carl Zeiss AG and SCHOTT AG, supports scientific and mathematical studies in research and teaching at the state universities of Baden-Württemberg, Rhineland-Palatinate and Thuringia through thematic funding lines for research projects and structural measures. Applications can only be submitted via the university management.

Carl Zeiss Foundation: https://www.carl-zeiss-stiftung.de/english/index.html

Fritz Thyssen Foundation

Private foundation, funds research from the humanities and social sciences as well as biomedicine.

Thematic funding lines:

Applications can be made for personnel costs (temporary position for a principal investigator), travel expenses. Funding also covers support for smaller scientific conferences, scholarships and grants for travel and printing costs and for libraries. Project proposals can be submitted twice a year by 15 February and 15 September.

Fritz Thyssen Foundation: https://www.fritz-thyssen-stiftung.de/en/

Gerda Henkel Foundation

Non-profit foundation under private law. Project funding in the fields of archaeology, history, historical Islamic studies, art history, legal history, prehistory and protohistory, history of science. Special programs: “Islam, the Modern Nation-State and Transnational Movements” and “Security Society and the State” (since 2008). Funding initiative “Patrimonies” for the preservation of cultural heritage, especially in crisis regions (since 2015).

Gerda Henkel Foundation: https://www.gerda-henkel-stiftung.de/en/grants

Hector Foundation

The non-profit H.W. & J. Hector Foundation and the Hector Foundation II mainly support medical research in the field of AIDS and cancer research. The Hector Science Award recognizes outstanding achievements in research, teaching and the promotion of junior researchers in the fields of natural and engineering sciences, mathematics, computer science, psychology and medicine. At the University of Tübingen, the Foundation's donation forms the basis for the scientific work of the Hector Institute of Education Science and Psychology.

Hector Foundation: https://www.hector-stiftung.de/ (in German only)

Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft

Joint initiative of companies and foundations with the aim of identifying and solving structural problems in science and higher education. Advises, networks and promotes in the fields of education, science and innovation. The foundation awards prizes, promotes endowed professorships and issues various grants but does not fund individual projects.

Vector Foundation

The non-profit Vector Foundation finances scientific and technical research projects and doctoral positions at universities and research institutions in Baden-Württemberg; the thematic funding focus is on environmentally friendly and sustainable mobility.

Volkswagen Foundation

Non-profit foundation under private law, supports research projects and structural measures, finances fellowships and own positions (e.g. for postdoctoral researchers and professorships), awards sponsorship prizes. Funding is concentrated on selected funding initiatives that focus on promising thematic areas. The university management must be involved at an early stage of any project proposals or similar.

Volkswagen Foundation: https://www.volkswagenstiftung.de/en