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Merck Research Grants Program 2021 for Innovative Research

In 2021, we are offering a series of research grants to stimulate innovative research in challenging areas of future importance. 

Application Deadline: 31st August 2021. 

About the Award: The Merck research grants program is open to scientists in all career stages who are affiliated with any research-based institution, university or company. Applicants submit their application for the focus topics containing non-confidential information only. You may apply for more than one grant or submit your application for more than one focus topic. If your application is successful, you are invited to submit a full proposal under confidentiality and join a deep-dive workshop with the other finalists. All applicants will be informed about the decision of the selection committee at the beginning of October. 

Type: Grants

Eligibility: Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany intends to offer research grants in the following research areas:
1) Drug Discovery
2) Sustainability
3) Media recycling for cultured meat
4) Organoids
5) Digital Innovation with three subtopics
6) Bioelectronics
7) Real time testing and sensors
8) Nanoparticle for nucleic acid delivery

Eligible Countries: International

Number, Value & Duration of Awards: Grants of 40,000 € – 450,000 € per year for up to 3 years are available in the areas as further specified below. 

  • Drug Discovery – 3 grants comprising 350,000 €/year for 3 years with the option of extension.
  • Real time testing and sensors – grant comprising between 100,000 – 500,000 $/year for 2 years with the option of extension
  • Nanoparticle for nucleic acid delivery  – grant comprising between 100,000 – 300,000 $/year for 2 years with the option of extension
  • Digital Innovation – 3 grants comprising 40,000 – 100,000 € for 1 year with the option of extension
  • Bioelectronics – grant comprising 150,000 €/year for 3 years 
  • Sustainability – grant/s to be negotiated on a case by case basis
  • Media recycling for cultured meat – grant/s to be negotiated on a case by case basis
  • Organoids – grant/s to be negotiated on a case by case basis

How to Apply: In order to apply, fill out the application form with your research proposal, using non-confidential information only.

  • It is important to go through all application requirements in the Award Webpage (see Link below) before applying.

Visit Award Webpage for Details

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