Interdisciplinary research into the history of the Francke Foundations from the seventeenth to the twentieth century, with a focus on the long eighteenth century, is part of the Foundations’ mission and its self-understanding as a research and communicative cultural institution. The thematically diverse projects are embedded in a cooperative structure within the Foundations, such as the 2013 exposition "Change the World" and the accompanying catalogue Die Welt verändern, which appeared in the Francke Foundations’ publishing house. The activities of the Research Section are associated with the research centres of the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg located on the Francke Foundations’ Science Campus and with a network of national and international partners.

The Research Section is involved in the Foundations’ conceptual planning as well as in the development of exhibition projects and also organises conferences and workshops. Special attention is paid to the promotion of junior academics, for instance by means of the Francke Foundations’ Dr. Liselotte Kirchner Scholarship Programme. In addition, the Research Section supervises the work of the Foundations’ Youth Forum History.