Support for the Foundation's grantees in Israel


The Hamas terrorist attack on October 7, 2023 is challenging Israel in many different respects, and the country’s academic sector is also suffering the consequences. Within the funding initiative zukunft.niedersachsen, we want to help our grantees on the ground: On the one hand with even better funding conditions for the Funding program “Research Cooperation Lower Saxony – Israel”, and on the other hand with unbureaucratic support for ongoing projects.

The new call for proposals for the next funding round of the “Research Cooperation Lower Saxony – Israel” program, supported by the Lower Saxony Ministry of Science and Culture and the Volkswagen Foundation as part of the funding initiative zukunft.niedersachsen, provides for an extension of the funding period from three to four years as well as an increase in the funding amount from 300,000 to 500,000 euros per research project.

Each year, the funding program addresses a different subject group. The current call for proposals invites applications from the humanities and social sciences. The closing date for applications is May 31, 2024. Funding is available for outstanding collaborative projects carried out by researchers from universities and research institutions in Lower Saxony and Israel. The program primarily addresses researchers who have recently completed their doctorate.

“Our countries are close friends. Both sides benefit enormously from scientific and cultural exchange, which we are now cultivating all the more intensively. In these difficult times for Israel and the Israeli people, we want to do our part by stepping up support for researchers in Israel – both overall and at the level of single projects. Our aim is to ensure that ongoing projects can be continued and reach completion. We must also resolutely oppose terror having repercussions on academic life,” says the Science Minister of Lower Saxony, Falko Mohrs.

Our response to terror and hatred is solidarity.

Dr. Georg Schütte

Support for ongoing collaborative projects

In order to ensure the smooth continuation of joint research as unbureaucratically as possible, projects that have already started can submit a special application to the Ministry for up to an additional 20,000 euros. Furthermore, the funding period can be extended, and the funding amount that has already been approved can be used for this with no need for further substantiation.

“Our response to terror and hatred is solidarity. In this difficult situation, we want to provide unbureaucratic support to our grantees in Israel. We hope that they will soon be able to resume their research without restriction,” says Dr. Georg Schütte, Secretary General of the Volkswagen Foundation.

Funding offer: Research Cooperation Lower Saxony – Israel

The current call for proposals supports outstanding research projects in the humanities and social sciences that are carried out jointly by researchers from universities and research institutions in Lower Saxony and Israel. Deadline: May 31, 2024