Research Grants for Scientists

In 2020, the Merck research grants program is offering a series of research grants to stimulate innovative research in challenging areas of future importance. Grants of €100,000 - €500,000 per year for up to three years are available in the areas of drug discovery, bioreactor design for cultured meat, next generation machine learning, pandemic preparedness / fighting new emerging viral infectious disease.


The Merck research grants program is open to scientists in all career stages who are affiliated with any research-based institution, university or company. You may apply for more than one focus topic. If your application is successful, you will be invited to submit a full proposal and join a deep-dive workshop with the other finalists in 2020.

The deep-dive workshop for the drug discovery, bioreactor design, and next generation machine learning topics will take place 3-5 November 2020 in Darmstadt, Germany. Finalists will work together with Merck managers and scientists to jointly optimize submitted project proposals. The culmination of the symposia will be the selection of the research grant winners.

The deadline is on 31 August 2020.


Main criteria

  • Submissions are accepted from scientists in all countries all over the world
  • In order to apply, please fill out an online application using non-confidential information only
  • Participants may submit multiple applications for several topics that are relevant for their proposals
  • Submissions will be accepted until 31 August 2020 for the drug discovery, bioreactor design, and next generation machine learning proposals
  • For the pandemic preparedness topic, there is no fixed deadline, since applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis in order to provide a quicker response in these challenging times


Find out more about the research grant and other opportunities.

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