Donors' Association for German Science

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Donors' Association for German Science
legal form registered association
founding December 14, 1920, September 22, 1949 (re-establishment)
founder Carl Friedrich von Siemens et al.
Seat Essen GermanyGermanyGermany 
precursor Donors' association of the Notgemeinschaft der Deutschen Wissenschaft
purpose Education - Science - Innovation
Chair Andreas Barner
Managing directors Andreas Schlueter
sales 39 million euros (2018)
Employees about 250
Members approx. 3,000

The Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft , or Stifterverband for short, is a non-profit, registered association with its headquarters in Essen and a large capital city office in Berlin . His areas of work are education, science and innovation. According to his own statements, he has set himself the task of identifying and solving structural problems in science and universities . As an organization, the Stifterverband Wissenschaft und Wirtschaft analyzes, advises, promotes and networks. In addition, the Stifterverband, together with the German Foundation Center, is currently the trustee for around 670 mostly science-promoting foundations. The Stifterverband was founded in 1920 as the "Stifterverband der Notgemeinschaft der Deutschen Wissenschaft ".

The donors' association is primarily financed by donations from its 3000 members; Its main sponsors include a number of large corporations such as Deutsche Bank , Daimler and Bosch ; other sponsors are medium- sized companies and private individuals. In 2018, the Stifterverband invested 39 million euros in its funding programs. The largest single item was 11.8 million euros for endowed professorships at universities and technical colleges.

Chairman and President

Andreas Barner has been president since 2013 . He succeeded the Berlin entrepreneur Arend Oetker , who had held this position since 1998. Since February 2005, Andreas Schlüter has been General Secretary of the Stifterverband. Deputy Secretary General is Volker Meyer-Guckel.

Focus of work

  • Improving the efficiency of the science system
  • The promotion of universities
  • Improving national and international cooperation in the field of science
  • The promotion of young academics
  • The analysis and optimization of innovation processes
  • The improvement of the cooperation between science, politics , economy and society
  • Promoting the general understanding of the sciences.


The partners of the Stifterverband are primarily the German Research Foundation (DFG), the Max Planck Society (MPG), the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and the German National Academic Foundation .


Furthermore, the Stifterverband is the sponsor:

Within the scope of their respective purposes, the foundations managed by the association approve a. Project funding, grants , printing and travel grants . As of 2018, the association managed 670 foundations with total assets of around 3.1 billion euros through the DSZ.


In close cooperation with the various German research organizations, the Stifterverband awards prize money for successful research work that is considered particularly worthy of support. Together with the German Research Foundation, the Stifterverband awards the Communicator Prize . This personal award is endowed with 50,000 euros and is awarded to scientists from all disciplines who communicate the results of their scientific work and those of their subject in an outstanding manner to the media and the non-scientific public. Together with the Helmholtz Association , the Erwin Schrödinger Prize for interdisciplinary research has been awarded annually since 1999. The Science Prize: Research between Basics and Applications (with the Max Planck Society) has been awarded since 1998 . The Fraunhofer Society for the Promotion of Applied Research and the Leibniz Association (“ Science Prize: Society Needs Science ”) each have their own corresponding science award, the selection of which is made by the internal committees of the scientific societies independently. Together with the German Rectors' Conference , the Ars legendi Prize has been awarded for excellent university teaching since 2006 . Together with the Leopoldina , the Stifterverband has been awarding the Carl Friedrich von Weizsäcker Prize every two years since 2009. The prize honors scientists or research teams who have made a contribution to the scientific processing of socially important problem areas.

The Stifterverband has been the office of the German Future Prize since 1997 . This takes care of the procurement of the necessary funds for the awarding of the award, the supervision of the committees, the organization of the selection process and the award ceremony.

From 1970 to 1979 the Stifterverband awarded a special prize at the annual Adolf Grimme Prize .

Research summit

The Stifterverband has been organizing the "Research Summit" in Berlin once a year since 2015 (together with the Leopoldina and the Expert Commission on Research and Innovation ). At the research summit, around 400 experts from science, business, politics and civil society discuss central topics of research and innovation policy in Germany.

Previous topics of the research summit:

  • 2015: Development of the innovation location Germany
  • 2016: focus on digitization
  • 2017: Building a new culture of innovation and risk
  • 2018: Innovations in Germany and Europe - Chances and Limits of Design
  • 2019: Artificial intelligence - a new generation of innovation drivers

"City of Science" award

In order to motivate cities and urban regions to do more and more research in the field of science, the Stifterverband announced the City of Science Prize from 2004 to 2013 . Particular emphasis was placed on regions in which science is linked to business and culture. The fact that science is perceived by the public also played an important role.

The award received so far:

In the 2013 final round, ten projects in Bielefeld , Braunschweig, Bremen, Bremerhaven, Dresden, Kaiserslautern , Karlsruhe , Münster , Regensburg and Rostock were selected from 50 applicants - including from cities that have already won a round . Finally, Münster received the audience award for the project “Münster's Originals”, which included various events on the subject of science and university studies.

See also


Web links

Commons : City of Science 2012  - Collection of images, videos and audio files
 Wikinews: City of Science  - in the news

Individual evidence

  1. ^ History of the Stifterverband. Retrieved July 16, 2019 .
  2. About us . In: Stifterverband . October 31, 2015 ( [accessed January 31, 2017]).
  3. About us . In: German Foundation Center . March 22, 2016 ( [accessed June 27, 2019]).
  4. a b Activity report of the Stifterverband 2018/2019 . In: Stifterverband . May 28, 2019 ( [accessed June 27, 2019]).
  5. Civil society in numbers . In: Stifterverband . December 1, 2019 ( [accessed December 1, 2019]).
  6. ^ Carl Friedrich von Weizsäcker Prize . In: Stifterverband . December 22, 2018 ( [accessed June 27, 2019]).
  7. German Future Prize statutes. Retrieved July 16, 2019 .