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VolkswagenStiftung: Corona and Beyond - Perspectives for Science, Scholarship and Society
Fördergeber - Sonstige
The novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 and the associated respiratory disease COVID-19 are spreading at a rapid pace, dominating all areas of public and private life worldwide thereby challenging basic, clinical and translational viral research. Measures to contain the pandemic such as physical distancing, contact reduction, working from home or homeschooling are massively affecting the life of each individual. Likewise, the pandemic raises new questions regarding the sustainability and resilience of our societies. The international division of labour, global value chains, democracy and the rule of law are suddenly being put to the test while health and economic systems are being called into question worldwide. These new and unprecedented developments have both immediate and not yet fully foreseeable long-term consequences that raise new research questions and may even lead to new research fields.

This call is not confined to any particular subject area and invites applications from life, natural and engineering sciences as well as social sciences and the humanities. It includes two funding opportunities:

1. Small Grants: Support for individual or cooperative projects to test or develop new scientific approaches, methods and/or theories.

2. Additional modules within the context of currently funded research projects: This provides an option for grant recipients of projects currently funded by the Foundation - in addition to the grants already made - to extend their respective projects by an additional module addressing the above mentioned challenges.These modules need to be complementary or an add-on to the (overarching) ongoing project.

This call targets postdoctoral researchers and professors who are employed by a university or an extramural research institute. The proposal must be submitted by an applicant employed at an institution in Germany, the participation of researchers from abroad is welcome. In case of cooperation projects, the main applicant's university will be responsible for administering the grant.

Small Grant Program:
- Natural and life sciences: Dr. Pavel Dutow (dutow@volkswagenstiftung.de)
- Humanities: Dr. Maximilian Räthel (raethel@volkswagenstiftung.de)
- Social Sciences: Dr. Hanna Wielandt (wielandt@volkswagenstiftung.de)
Additional Modules: Program director in charge of currently funded project
Administrative questions: Catharina Altevogt (altevogt@volkswagenstiftung.de, +49 511 8381 397)

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