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Grants and Awards

We highly value creativity, initiative and innovation. So, it’s very important to us that we recognize scientists, students and entrepreneurs who exhibit these qualities in outstanding work.


Heinrich Emanuel Merck Award

The Heinrich Emanuel Merck Award is given out annually to a chemist doing stellar work developing new analytical methods that aim to improve the quality of human life. Established in 1988, it was named for the man who set the original high standard for quality and purity that is still upheld at our company today. Learn more

Emanuel Merck Lectureship

The Emanuel Merck Lectureship was established in 1992 and is given in partnership with Technical University, Darmstadt, Germany. It recognizes globally renowned scientists for outstanding contributions to chemical and pharmaceutical research. Learn more

Innovation Cup

The Innovation Cup offers the opportunity for post-docs and postgraduate students to learn more about the chemical and pharmaceutical industry. Work in teams to advance a novel idea into a convincing business plan during a one week Summer Camp with coaching from top academic scientists, accomplished entrepreneurs, and experienced Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany professionals. Learn more

Displaying Futures Award

With this award we recognize breakthrough ideas and entrepreneurial spirit in the field of Performance Materials. The winning teams will receive extensive funding and mentorship from our experts to further explore and develop their idea. Learn more

* These programs are not open to U.S. healthcare professionals.

More grants and awards

Grant for Multiple Sclerosis Innovation
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Grant for Multiple Sclerosis Innovation

The Grant for Multiple Sclerosis Innovation supports promising translational research projects by academic researchers aimed at improving the understanding of multiple sclerosis (MS) for the ultimate benefit of patients. A total annual grant of up to €1 million is shared by selected projects.

Grant for Fertility Innovation
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Grant for Fertility Innovation

This grant is dedicated to transforming unprecedented fertility research projects into concrete health solutions to improve the outcomes of assisted reproductive technologies and to shorten time to live birth. A total annual grant of up to €1.3 million funds a number of innovative projects.

Grant for Growth Innovation
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Grant for Growth Innovation

The Grant for Growth Innovation awards €400,000 between three outstanding research proposals with the potential to make ambitious contributions to the field of growth.

Grant for Oncology Innovation
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Grant for Oncology Innovation

The Grant for Oncology Innovation (GOI) supports innovative research projects that have the potential to advance personalized treatment for solid tumors. A total annual grant of up to €1 million is shared by a number of selected projects.

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Allergopharma Award for young scientists
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Allergopharma Award for young scientists

We acknowledge talented young researchers in the field of allergy research. In collaboration with the European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology it recognizes exceptional published research papers to motivate young scientists to continue to push boundaries and innovate.

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