The Challenge

On the occasion of its 350th anniversary in 2018, we fund innovative projects in applied biophysical & analytical research.

Challenge 1:

Analytical technologies for antibodies and antibody-drug conjugates, quantitative microbiomics, as well as technologies to determine drug target engagement, or the level of protein or nucleic acid or metabolic biomarkers.

Challenge 2:

Analytical technologies for display materials or semiconductors (Liquid Crystals, OLED Materials, Quantum Materials, Reactive Mesogens, Photoresist Materials). E.g. Spectroscopic Methods, MS Hyphenation, Capillary Chromatography and Comprehensive Separation Technologies; Surface analytics for displays (non- or destructive), Sample preparation techniques for ultra-sensitive investigations.

Challenge 3:

Analytical technologies for the characterization of polymers, chemical imaging, bioanalytical methods or new methods in molecular biology. Technologies of interest for example are: field flow floractionation (FFF), dynamic light scattering (DLS), chemical imaging, new chromatographic techniques, spectroscopic and spectrometric methods, electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR), microwave analytics.

Who can apply?

Researchers from around the world may apply for the funding. Requirement for participation is a strong desire to drive innovation in applied biophysical & analytical research in above mentioned areas.

How does it work?

  • Application with non-confidential research proposal and accept terms of conditions by August, 15th, 2018
  • Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany at its own discretion to select research proposals of interest.
  • Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany to enter into bilateral discussion with the top submitters to determine potential funding options. 
  • The funding period and financial support of selected projects are subject to individual negotiations and can start on short notice.