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

Grants of 40,000-450,000 EUR/ year for up to 3 years with an option to extend.


1) Drug Discovery
2) Real time testing and sensors
3) Nanoparticle for nucleic acid delivery
4) Digital Innovation
5) Bioelectronics
6) Sustainability
7) Media recycling for cultured meat
8) Organoids

Submit your application containing non-confidential information until 31. August 2021.

The Merck Research Grants Program is open to scientists at 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 in November in Darmstadt, Germany. All applicants will be informed about the decision of the selection committee at the beginning of October.

Notification: This submissions platform is open during the submissions phase from 15. January 2021- 31. August 2021. Official information about the research grants will be provided through (US and Canada) or (all other countries).

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