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Purpose and Activities

The purpose of the foundation is to establish forward-looking fields of knowledge in the areas of science, the humanities, and technology, with a focus on research and university teaching in Germany and across the globe. The foundation also has additional funding opportunities that provide support for: research institutions in Lower Saxony, Niederschsisches Vorab; outstanding projects which do not fit into its current funding initiatives; grantees' interaction with the public and with the scientific community at large, communicating science and research.


Established in 1961 in Germany - The organization has been funding research projects in all disciplines since 1962. Despite its name, the foundation is not a subsidiary of the respective company, but an independent, non-profit foundation under private law with its head office in Hannover.



Independent foundation




Kastanienallee 35 Hannover, Germany 30519

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