The Fritz Thyssen Foundation has been a reliable partner for researchers working in the humanities, social science and medicine since 1961, the year it began its active work. Originally funded with a stock package of August Thyssen-Hütte AG valued at DM 100 million, it has contributed more than EUR 500 million to scholarly research at universities and non-profit research centres over this period.

The Fritz Thyssen Foundation supports research in the fields of history, language and culture, state, economics, society and medicine, devoting special attention to support for junior researchers. The award of grants to doctoral graduates and the funding of staff positions in projects help lay the material foundations for scientific work.