The Academies Programme

The Academies Programme

The Prize Papers project is funded within The Academies Programme of the Union of the German Academies of Sciences and Humanities and assigned to the Academy of Sciences and Humanities in Göttingen.

The Academies Programme is a joint initiative by the eight German Academies of Sciences and Humanities under the aegis of the Union of the German Academies of Sciences and Humanities, as well as the Leopoldina, the German National Academy of Sciences.

The joint research programme of the German Academies of Sciences and Humanities has the goal of studying, preserving and communicating global cultural heritage. It is Germany’s largest research programme in the social sciences and humanities and is the only one of its kind in the world. Through their long-term basic research, the academies make an indispensable contribution to the documentation of our cultural memory and thereby also to the formation of both national and transnational cultural identities.

Since 1979/80 the Academies Programme has been funded jointly by the German Federal Government and Federal States. The Prize Papers Project is funded by the German state and the federal state of Lower Saxony in Germany. Within the Academies  Programme around 900 staff are working on around 130 projects in over 190 research units. Through their editions, dictionaries and text corpora, the academies create central stores of knowledge for the future, which are available – increasingly also in digital form – for use by researchers and the public.

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The Union of the German Academies of Sciences and Humanities

The Union of the German Academies of Sciences and Humanities unites eight German academies in Berlin, Düsseldorf, Göttingen, Hamburg, Heidelberg, Leipzig, Mainz and Munich. The academies bring together more than 2000 scientists and scholars of national and international distinction, across a range of researchers. Together they work to promote interdisciplinary exchange, to guarantee scholarly and scientific excellence and to support early career researchers.

The Union coordinates the Academies Programme. It supports communication between the academies, undertakes press and publicity work, organises events on current themes in research and contributes to scientifically grounded consultations for civil society and the political process. Once a year it invites the public to the Academies’ Day to learn about the research conducted by the academies. In addition, the Union represents its member academies both at home and abroad and sends representatives to umbrella organisations of academies in Europe and around the world.

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