The RuneS-project, „Runic writing in the Germanic languages“, is funded by the Union of the German Academies of Sciences and based at the Academy of Sciences in Göttingen. The research programme is conducted at three research units: in Kiel, Eichstätt-Munich, and Göttingen.
It is the aim of the project to describe and analyse runic writing in a comprehensive way, transcending the boundaries of the three groups of runic writing systems (older fuþark, Anglo-Frisian fuþorc, younger fuþąrk/fuþork), ensuring a context-sensitive theoretical approach (period under investigation: ca. AD 100-1500).
The project explicitly regards the runic script as a system evolved in various ways over the centuries, fulfilling various communicative functions within the different historical societies it was used in.