Our Activities

For more than 25 years, we have devoted ourselves to promoting child and youth development all over the world. We provide various kinds of support for individuals and institutions active in research and practice, and we also operate our own programs.

With the complex social changes taking place in the world today, education is becoming increasingly important for success in life. Through our activities, we identify important issues and societal needs and work with our partners to find innovative ways to facilitate social change and produce lasting impacts.

Research generates knowledge. As it leads to a better understanding of child and youth development, research funding has always been a fundamental component of the Jacobs Foundation’s strategy.

Insights gained through research are particularly important for the development, evaluation, improvement and dissemination of interventions designed to benefit children and young people. Through intervention research, scientists are able to identify factors that can bridge the gap between research and practice.

In the interest of scientific progress, the Jacobs Foundation provides funding for some of the world’s leading and most innovative scientists in all scholarly disciplines that relate to child and youth development. These include psychology, educational sciences, economics, sociology, family research, media studies, political sciences, linguistics, neurosciences, biology, (epi)genetics and medical sciences.

The Jacobs Foundation cannot accept unsolicited project applications.

More Activities

Jacobs Foundation Research Fellowship Program

Highly talented and innovative young scholars and mid-career researchers working on child and youth development advance their research with a Jacobs Foundation Research Fellowship, which will improve the development and living conditions of children and youth.

Jacobs Young Scholars

Every year, senior scholars nominate approximately a dozen young scholars to participate in the Jacobs Foundation’s annual conference at Marbach Castle. Invitations are extended to outstanding postdoctoral researchers whose work is directly related to the focus of the conference.

Jacobs Foundation Conference

Every year since 1991, the Jacobs Foundation has held a conference at Marbach Castle on Lake Constance, attracting leading scientists and young scholars from all over the world.

CCLM Fellows

Can memory training boost children’s achievement and intelligence? To what extent is the development of a child’s motor skills correlated with learning in general? These are just some of the questions that the Center for Cognition, Learning and Memory (CCLM) is investigating.

LIFE Fellows

Lifespan research examines the gradual and systematic changes in behavior that take place over the course of a person’s life. By observing such changes, scientists are able to draw valuable conclusions about child and youth development.

CIDER – Interdisciplinary Educational Research

The purpose of the College for Interdisciplinary Educational Research (CIDER) is to foster interdisciplinary cooperation in the field of education research.

DIPF – Promoting Individual Learning

How can we gain a better understanding of the prerequisite of children’s learning, and how can we provide targeted support? A variety of issues – inclusion, gifted programs, the integration of immigrant children – are placing increasing demands on preschools and schools as they seek to accommodate diverse needs.

The Swiss Ed Tech Collider – A Modern Co-working Space

Society is changing, and so is education. Classrooms have entered the digital age. As a result, we not only need new teaching methods; we also need to introduce new educational technologies to the classroom.

Our projects in Switzerland and Germany focus primarily on early childhood. In this context, we seek to improve overall conditions and encourage the adoption of a comprehensive early childhood policy.

Through our past projects in Latin America and Africa, we have gained knowledge and experience that have been of great value for our international TRECC (Transforming Education in Cocoa Communities) project. In Ivory Coast, we are working to help transform education, both at the national level and in rural regions.

Current Projects

List of projects

TRECC – Changes in Education in Ivory Coast

Seeking to improve the living conditions of Ivory Coast’s cocoa farmers and their children, the Jacobs Foundation is working with public and private organizations to develop a sustainable ecosystem that will ensure access to high-quality education.

Ready! Early childhood is decisive

Ready! is a campaign throughout Switzerland that focuses on the formative early childhood years. It brings partners active in the early childhood sector together to work toward a comprehensive early childhood policy.

Primokiz2 – For an Early Childhood Policy

Primokiz2 connects all actors in the education, social, and health sector and supports them to develop a comprehensive policy on early childhood education thereby creating sound structural conditions.

QualiKita – Setting Standards for Daycare Centers

There are many different kinds of daycare centers. But what do we really know about them? In the interest of greater transparency, the Jacobs Foundation and kibesuisse, a Swiss organization in the early childhood education and care sector, launched the QualiKita initiative.

TIPI – A Mutual Understanding for Children’s Transitions

Ticino Progetto Infanzia (TIPI) aims to stimulate children’s development in the home, support their growth in the daycare setting, and ensure that they are well prepared for the transition to preschool and elementary school.

DKJS – Quality at the Local Level in Germany

The German Children and Youth Foundation (DKJS), the Jacobs Foundation and other partners are launching “Quality at the Local Level” in an effort to improve the quality of Germany’s early childhood education and care sector.

BRISE – Initiative to Foster Early Childhood Development

The longitudinal study being conducted in Bremen with the title “BRISE: Bremen Initiative to Foster Early Childhood Development” includes a number of targeted interventions for children during the first seven years of life.

Educational Landscapes Switzerland

To give every child the opportunity for a comprehensive, high-quality education in school and beyond, the Jacobs Foundation is encouraging innovative, systematic cooperation between school-based and extracurricular actors through its Educational Landscapes program.

Closed Projects

Primokiz

The “Primokiz”-program was designed for up to 25 small and medium-sized Swiss cities, to support their efforts in designing and implementing a comprehensive plan for integrated early childhood education and care.

Juvenir

Juvenir is a representative series of studies by the Jacobs Foundation that address topics affecting young people in Switzerland. What sets these four studies apart: Rather than talking about young people, Juvenir talks with them – and they are the ones who identify the topics that are important for them. In terms of methodology, the studies are based on the use of social media.

Fortalezas – Integrating Young People into the Labor Market

The five-year Fortalezas program, launched in 2012 by the Jacobs Foundation in cooperation with Fundación SES, sought to bring 2,000 young people into the labor market in Argentina, Brazil and Colombia.

Djigui – A Second Chance for Education in Burkina Faso

The word “djigui” means hope. All over the world, education holds the promise of hope for a better life. Since 2013, the Djigui project has given children and young people between the ages of 9 and 20 a second chance at an education.

Youth Development Project in Uganda

To improve the living conditions of a new generation of small farmers in Uganda, the Jacobs Foundation and the Hanns R. Neumann Stiftung launched the Youth Development Project, which operated in Uganda from 2013 to 2016.

Research

Research generates knowledge. As it leads to a better understanding of child and youth development, research funding has always been a fundamental component of the Jacobs Foundation’s strategy.

Insights gained through research are particularly important for the development, evaluation, improvement and dissemination of interventions designed to benefit children and young people. Through intervention research, scientists are able to identify factors that can bridge the gap between research and practice.

In the interest of scientific progress, the Jacobs Foundation provides funding for some of the world’s leading and most innovative scientists in all scholarly disciplines that relate to child and youth development. These include psychology, educational sciences, economics, sociology, family research, media studies, political sciences, linguistics, neurosciences, biology, (epi)genetics and medical sciences.

The Jacobs Foundation cannot accept unsolicited project applications.

More Activities

Jacobs Foundation Research Fellowship Program

Highly talented and innovative young scholars and mid-career researchers working on child and youth development advance their research with a Jacobs Foundation Research Fellowship, which will improve the development and living conditions of children and youth.

Jacobs Young Scholars

Every year, senior scholars nominate approximately a dozen young scholars to participate in the Jacobs Foundation’s annual conference at Marbach Castle. Invitations are extended to outstanding postdoctoral researchers whose work is directly related to the focus of the conference.

Jacobs Foundation Conference

Every year since 1991, the Jacobs Foundation has held a conference at Marbach Castle on Lake Constance, attracting leading scientists and young scholars from all over the world.

CCLM Fellows

Can memory training boost children’s achievement and intelligence? To what extent is the development of a child’s motor skills correlated with learning in general? These are just some of the questions that the Center for Cognition, Learning and Memory (CCLM) is investigating.

LIFE Fellows

Lifespan research examines the gradual and systematic changes in behavior that take place over the course of a person’s life. By observing such changes, scientists are able to draw valuable conclusions about child and youth development.

CIDER – Interdisciplinary Educational Research

The purpose of the College for Interdisciplinary Educational Research (CIDER) is to foster interdisciplinary cooperation in the field of education research.

DIPF – Promoting Individual Learning

How can we gain a better understanding of the prerequisite of children’s learning, and how can we provide targeted support? A variety of issues – inclusion, gifted programs, the integration of immigrant children – are placing increasing demands on preschools and schools as they seek to accommodate diverse needs.

The Swiss Ed Tech Collider – A Modern Co-working Space

Society is changing, and so is education. Classrooms have entered the digital age. As a result, we not only need new teaching methods; we also need to introduce new educational technologies to the classroom.

Practice

Our projects in Switzerland and Germany focus primarily on early childhood. In this context, we seek to improve overall conditions and encourage the adoption of a comprehensive early childhood policy.

Through our past projects in Latin America and Africa, we have gained knowledge and experience that have been of great value for our international TRECC (Transforming Education in Cocoa Communities) project. In Ivory Coast, we are working to help transform education, both at the national level and in rural regions.

Current Projects

List of projects

TRECC – Changes in Education in Ivory Coast

Seeking to improve the living conditions of Ivory Coast’s cocoa farmers and their children, the Jacobs Foundation is working with public and private organizations to develop a sustainable ecosystem that will ensure access to high-quality education.

Ready! Early childhood is decisive

Ready! is a campaign throughout Switzerland that focuses on the formative early childhood years. It brings partners active in the early childhood sector together to work toward a comprehensive early childhood policy.

Primokiz2 – For an Early Childhood Policy

Primokiz2 connects all actors in the education, social, and health sector and supports them to develop a comprehensive policy on early childhood education thereby creating sound structural conditions.

QualiKita – Setting Standards for Daycare Centers

There are many different kinds of daycare centers. But what do we really know about them? In the interest of greater transparency, the Jacobs Foundation and kibesuisse, a Swiss organization in the early childhood education and care sector, launched the QualiKita initiative.

TIPI – A Mutual Understanding for Children’s Transitions

Ticino Progetto Infanzia (TIPI) aims to stimulate children’s development in the home, support their growth in the daycare setting, and ensure that they are well prepared for the transition to preschool and elementary school.

DKJS – Quality at the Local Level in Germany

The German Children and Youth Foundation (DKJS), the Jacobs Foundation and other partners are launching “Quality at the Local Level” in an effort to improve the quality of Germany’s early childhood education and care sector.

BRISE – Initiative to Foster Early Childhood Development

The longitudinal study being conducted in Bremen with the title “BRISE: Bremen Initiative to Foster Early Childhood Development” includes a number of targeted interventions for children during the first seven years of life.

Educational Landscapes Switzerland

To give every child the opportunity for a comprehensive, high-quality education in school and beyond, the Jacobs Foundation is encouraging innovative, systematic cooperation between school-based and extracurricular actors through its Educational Landscapes program.

Closed Projects

Primokiz

The “Primokiz”-program was designed for up to 25 small and medium-sized Swiss cities, to support their efforts in designing and implementing a comprehensive plan for integrated early childhood education and care.

Juvenir

Juvenir is a representative series of studies by the Jacobs Foundation that address topics affecting young people in Switzerland. What sets these four studies apart: Rather than talking about young people, Juvenir talks with them – and they are the ones who identify the topics that are important for them. In terms of methodology, the studies are based on the use of social media.

Fortalezas – Integrating Young People into the Labor Market

The five-year Fortalezas program, launched in 2012 by the Jacobs Foundation in cooperation with Fundación SES, sought to bring 2,000 young people into the labor market in Argentina, Brazil and Colombia.

Djigui – A Second Chance for Education in Burkina Faso

The word “djigui” means hope. All over the world, education holds the promise of hope for a better life. Since 2013, the Djigui project has given children and young people between the ages of 9 and 20 a second chance at an education.

Youth Development Project in Uganda

To improve the living conditions of a new generation of small farmers in Uganda, the Jacobs Foundation and the Hanns R. Neumann Stiftung launched the Youth Development Project, which operated in Uganda from 2013 to 2016.