Research Grants

Get funding to work on challenging research topics at the occasion of our 350th anniversary!


Stimulating innovative research

In celebrating its 350th anniversary, Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany offers a series of research grants to stimulate innovative research in challenging areas of future importance. Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany intends to provide several research grants of up to EUR 350,000 per year for 3 years in various research areas with the option of extension or expansion. 

Who can apply?

Researchers from around the world may apply for the grants.

The research proposed for the grant must not: 

  • involve interventional clinical research 
  • involve the testing of competitors' products

How does it work?

Fill out the Application Form with your research proposal, use only non-confidential information by August, 15th, 2018. Please make sure you have read and accepted the terms and conditions before you submit the application form.

All selected applicants will be invited to a three day workshop after signature of a confidential disclosure and workshop participation agreement to discuss and optimize a more detailed confidential research proposal further together with our scientists.

At the end of the workshop participants will present their optimized research proposal and the winning applicants will be selected. Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany will then enter into bilateral collaboration agreements with the winning recipients to enable pay-out of the research grant and project start in 2019.

Your benefits

Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany intends to provide research grants of up to EUR 350,000 per year for 3 years in several topic areas. Top submitters will be invited to a Deep Dive workshop to further advance the proposals together with our scientists. The deep dive workshop will include decision on grant recipients. Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany will cover all travel and accommodation costs. Furthermore, grant winners may gain access to meaningful collaborations within Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany and all the resources and connections that this allows.

Application Form

FAQ

When is the application deadline?

When is the application deadline?

The application deadline is August, 15th, 2018.

How do I apply?

How do I apply?

In order to apply, fill out the application form with your research proposal, use only non-confidential information. Please make sure you have read and accepted the terms and conditions before you submit the application form.

What about publicity?

What about publicity?

Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany retains the exclusive right to make any press release or any kind of public communication about the Grant and the Awardee(s). Confidential details on project content will not be revealed.

What happens to applications that are not successful?

What happens to applications that are not successful?

Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany will not reveal any information on submissions.

 

What is a Deep Dive workshop?

What is a Deep Dive workshop?

During the Deep Dive workshops invited top submitters will further advance their research proposals together with our scientists. At the end of the workshop participants will present their optimized research proposal and the winning applicants will be selected.

Where and when will the Deep Dive workshops take place?

Where and when will the Deep Dive workshops take place?

Materials & Solutions and Digitalization/Computing:

  • Darmstadt, Germany: December 5th to 7th, 2018

Life Reimagined/Synthetic Biology:

  • Burlington MA, USA: November 13th to 15th, 2018

Healthy Lives/Drug Discovery:

  • Darmstadt, Germany: November 27th to 29th, 2018

When will the research grants be paid out?

When will the research grants be paid out?

Following the Deep Dive workshops, Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany will enter into bilateral collaboration agreement with the winning recipients to enable pay-out and project start in 2019.

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Research Grants Team

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