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Pioneering Research – Exploring the Unknown Unknown (Germany)

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The Pioneering Research – Exploring the Unknown Unknown from the Volkswagen Foundation supports groundbreaking and risky research ideas with high scientific relevance. The proposed project must meet the following criteria:

  • Exploratory quality of the project: the project is radically exploratory and breaks new scientific ground.
  • Scientific relevance and potential for new insights: the project addresses an unexplored scientific challenge and, if successful, it will provide fundamental new impetus to the community.
  • Qualification and motivation: the applicant is dedicated to new scientific challenges with passion and a willingness to take risks and is outstandingly qualified with regard to the feasibility and implementation of the project. 

Applicants must be PhD holders (including postdocs) at German universities and research institutions. The grant provides up to 1.3 million EUR over 3 to 5 years.

Draft proposals are due on September 3, 2024.

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