There is only little information on the total contribution of European foundations to Research and Innovation in Europe. The EUFORI-Study thus targets at quantifying this contribution, at comparing foundations across Europe and at carving out trends and future potential in this sector. The data collected within the scope of this study will contribute to a better understanding of the account of foundations in research and development in Germany and Europe. The study is coordinated by researches of the Free University (VU) Amsterdam. In Germany, research is carried out by the CSI in Heidelberg and the ZEW in Mannheim. The project is funded by the Directorate-General Research and Innovation at the European Commission and supported by the Association of German Foundations.