Merck is calling for national and international start-ups to apply for funding of innovative ideas by August 14, 2015.
The program is aimed at young companies in the healthcare, life science, performance materials, and IT sectors. The program will run for three months, in which at least three selected start-ups will receive strategic and operational advice, as well as financial support of € 25,000 in the form of a silent participation. The program does not foresee an equity interest in the companies receiving funding, nor influence over their operational and strategic management, Merck says. In the long term, they want to building up an alumni network.
The first three start-ups are supposed to move into the newly built, modular Innovation Center in Darmstadt, from September 14, 2015, on.
In addition to providing financial and infrastructure assistance, Merck will offer to coach the start-ups also supported by mentors and enable them to participate in several trainings. At the end of the three months, the companies will be part of Merck's start-up network.
Understanding the crosstalk of metal ions on a cellular basis requires multidisciplinary and cooperative approaches that span the entire range from cell and molecular biology, biochemistry, inorganic chemistry, spectroscopy, and structural biology to theory. In the Priority Programme it is planned to study novel enzyme mechanisms, innovative model complexes, and to define the mechanistic basis of the metal center biogenesis pathways in the (patho-)physiological context of living organisms. The following four fundamental areas will be addressed: assembly of complex FeS proteins as a starting point for versatile functionality; biosynthesis and crosstalk of complex metal cofactors by FeS proteins; catalysis and functions of complex FeS proteins for bio-applications; disease-relevant, mechanistic roles of FeS proteins in cellular metal homeostasis. Proposals for the first three-year funding period must be submitted not later than 30 September 2015.
The goal of the Priority Programme “Deciphering the mRNP code: RNA-bound Determinants of Post-transcriptional Gene Regulation” (SPP 1935) is to “decipher the mRNP code” of eukaryotes. To achieve this goal, the call aims to bringing together researchers from disciplines as diverse as systems biology, biochemistry, structural biology and bioinformatics to develop and apply methods allowing insight into the composition of mRNPs, how they are assembled and remodelled and how they function in specific cellular settings of gene expression.
Proposals must be submitted in English no later than 7 October 2015 via the DFG’s electronic submission system “elan” selecting “SPP 1935”.
The specific functionalisation of interfaces and the positioning of functional nanostructures is a topic of up most importance in the field of material sciences. Metal-Organic Frameworks (MOFs), which are a subset of Crystalline Coordination Networks (CCNs), exhibit a unique combination of properties that have already had a landmark influence in the area of gas storage and separation. The goal of the new Priority Programme is to further strengthen the developments of these highly interdisciplinary efforts.
Proposals for the first three-year funding period must be submitted no later than 2 December 2015 via the DFG’s electronic submission system “elan” selecting “SPP 1928”.
The Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) will establish 18 new Priority Programmes, in which researchers will investigate fundamental scientific questions in particularly topical or emerging areas of research over the next few years. A total of approximately 105 million euros will be available for the 18 new programmes in the first three-year funding period. The Priority Programmes are generally funded for six years. Currently a total of 91 Priority Programmes are being funded. The 18 new programmes will get underway in 2016.
The new Priority Programmes grouped by scientific discipline include:
Registered non-profit association that promotes applied Research and Development (R&D) for the benefit of small and medium-sized enterprises (SME).
Promotes academic cooperation between excellent scientists and scholars from abroad and from Germany.
For example, the Petroleum Research Fund (PRF) is an endowed fund, managed by the ACS that supports fundamental research directly related to petroleum or fossil fuels at nonprofit institutions (generally colleges and universities) in the United States and other countries.
Irving S. Sigal Postdoctoral Fellowship (Sigal Fellowship)
Two-year postdoctoral fellowship awarded every two years to a Ph.D. candidate who will pursue research at the chemistry and biology interface. Candidates are nominated by chairs of PhD-granting Chemistry Departments in the United States. Individuals are not able to submit an application without being nominated.
There are no restrictions on the age or nationality of the fellow. The fellowship currently provides $50,000 per year for two years of research at one or more non-profit institutions in any country.
the Australian government’s main agency for allocating research funding to academics and researchers at Australian universities.
The Australian Research Council has announced $834,000 in new funding towards projects to developing long term research priorities in agriculture, chemistry, the earth sciences, and humanities engagement with Asia in July 2014.
Attracts and retains top-tier postdoctoral talent, both within Canada and internationally, to develop their leadership potential and to position them for success as research leaders of tomorrow, positively contributing to Canada's economic, social and research-based growth through a research-intensive career. The fellowships are administered by Canada's three federal granting agencies
– the Canadian Institutes of Health Research,
– the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council, and
– the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.
The Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships Program completes a federal suite of programs that provide support to highly qualified research personnel at all stages of their careers:
•Canada Graduate Scholarships (CGS) provide financial support to outstanding eligible students pursuing master's or doctoral studies in a Canadian university.
•Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships support world-class doctoral students who demonstrate a high standard of scholarly achievement in graduate studies as well as leadership skills.
•Canada Research Chairs (CRC) provide support to new and established investigators for five- and seven-year terms.
•Canada Excellence Research Chairs (CERC) is intended to attract world-class researchers to Canadian universities to work in priority research areas and conduct world-leading research.
is a public foundation – an independent, not-for-profit institution for the exclusive and direct promotion of basic research in biomedicine. It supports researchers and projects aimed to experimentally elucidate basic phenomena of human life and pays particular attention to the promotion of junior scientists.
provides financial support for innovative projects and ideas under targeted research funding programmes. Research funding supports scientific institutions and enterprises. The BMBF also funds individual researchers via special funding institutions.
The CNRS is a government-funded research organization under the administrative authority of France's Ministry of Research.
One of the longest-running European instruments supporting cooperation among scientists and researchers across Europe.
Promotes progress over the whole range of basic research in the Czech Republic.
Self-governing organization for science and research in Germany, serving all branches of science and the humanities. Offers a wide range of research project options.
Heisenberg Professorship Scheme
Funds outstanding researchers who meet all of the requirements for a long-term professorship.
Mercator Visiting Professorship Programme
Funds foreign associate professors.
Reinhart Koselleck Projects
Supports high-risk projects
Nonprofit medical research organization that ranks as one of the nation’s largest philanthropies, advances biomedical research and science education in the United States.
Largest governmental funding source in the UK.
European network of national funding agencies involved in the development and implementation of funding instruments for trans-national collaboration in chemistry. It is a consortium of eleven research funding organisations from ten European countries with the goal to develop and implement joint bottom-up European funding programmes.
Funds every year excellent research projects in any scientific discipline, aiming at broadening the scientific and technological knowledge. Top researchers of any nationality and from anywhere in the world can apply, as long as their ERC project will be carried out in a public or private institution based in Europe (EU Member State or Associated Country).
The Erasmus programme enables students in higher education to spend between 3 and 12 months in another European country – either for studies or for a placement in a company or other organization. Any student enrolled in a participating higher education institution in one of the 33 Erasmus countries can benefit (EU Member States, Croatia, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland, and Turkey).
Erasmus+, the EU programme for education, training, youth and sport, started in January 2014. The seven-year programme will have a budget of €14.7 billion. More than 4 million people will receive support to study, train, work, or volunteer abroad.
Students planning a full Master's degree abroad, for which national grants or loans are seldom available, will benefit from a new loan guarantee scheme run by the European Investment Fund. Erasmus+ will also provide funding for education and training staff, youth workers and for partnerships between universities, colleges, schools, enterprises, and not-for-profit organizations.
GRANT-IT lists funding opportunities from the European Commission and select Regional and National governments in the field of sustainable chemistry. SusChem and Cefic members can use the resources to search for funding, identify project opportunities, propose project ideas, and search for potential project partners.
Marie Curie Fellowships are European research grants available to researchers regardless of their nationality or field of research. In addition to generous research funding scientists have the possibility to gain experience abroad and in the private sector, and to complete their training with competences or disciplines useful for their careers. Read more about various funding schemes and requirements for applying.
EU’s financial instrument supporting environmental and nature conservation projects throughout the EU.
Promotes chemistry teaching in schools, basic research and junior scientists.
Research funds are awarded to outstanding establshed and joung scientists at universities and research institutions. PhD candidates and prospective university lecturers are invited to apply for fellowships.
Stiftung Stipendien-Fonds (Fellowship Foundeation): applications from EU nationals with excellent academic achievement and a rapid completion of studies.
Fellowship for future schooteachers in Germany
The Kekulé Mobility Fellowship promotes PhD students in chemistry or related fields, who move – between studies and PhD – to a different location and a different university. The candidate can apply directly to the Fund. Prerequisites for this fellowship include rapidly completed studies and excellent academic achievement.
Contact: Stefanie Kiefer, Phone:+49 (69) 2556-1378, E-Mail: email@example.com
The Liebig Fellowship wants to help start the careers of prospective university teachers in the chemical sector. It supports PhD chemists in their efforts to acquire a further science qualification at university level. Prerequisites for this fellowship include rapidly completed studies and excellent academic achievement.
As a general rule, no more than 3 years can have passed between the PhD and the application for a Liebig Fellowship. Furthermore, chemistry-oriented research work must be done at a different university location and in a different research group than the PhD work.
Austria's central funding organization for basic research.
An international development charity working with a global network of partners to improve access, production and use of research information and knowledge, so that countries are equipped to solve their development challenges.
short Gakushin, is an independent administrative institution, contributing to the advancement of science in all fields of the natural and social sciences and the humanities. Its main functions are to: foster young researchers, promote international scientific cooperation, award Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research, support scientific cooperation between the academic community and industry, and collect and distribute information on scientific research activities.
NEW: Recipients of the JSPS's Research Fellowships for Young Scientists can come to Europe for scientific visits by temporarily becoming part of teams led by European Research Council (ERC) grant holders.
Emphasises individuals and encompasses all subject areas. With annual funding of some £50 million, the Trust is amongst the largest all subject providers of research funding in the UK.
New initiative called CRACK-IT launched; key aim is to develop new technologies (products, models and tools) for industry which reduce reliance on animal research. This will be achieved by connecting and funding scientists from academia and industry. CRACK-IT will include 6 SBRI competitions designed to solve business challenges with a 3Rs theme identified with the pharmaceutical, chemical, agrochemicals and consumer product industries.
Largest source of funding for medical research in the world.
An independent US federal agency to promote the progress of science with an annual budget of about $6.9 billion (FY 2010). In addition to funding research in the traditional academic areas, the agency supports "high-risk, high pay-off" ideas, and novel collaborations.
Supports basic research and some of applied research, identifies and fosters talented researchers in the realm of science and technology, accelerates the progress of science and technology, and promotes the socioeconomic development in China.
The Science for Peace and Security Programme offers grants to scientists in NATO, Partner and Mediterranean Dialogue countries to collaborate on priority research topics, which include NATO priorities and additional Partner country priorities.
UK-based organization which funds programmes aim to improve social well-being in one of two ways:
1) By funding research and innovation in education and social policy.
2) By increasing the proliferation and quality of research and professional skills – both in science and social sciences – through our capacity building programmes.
Offers science bursaries for colleges and schools and undergraduate research bursaries.
Together the three United Nations sponsored programmes—HINARI, AGORA, and OARE—form Research4Life. It provides developing countries with access to and training for academic and professional peer-reviewed content online.
The Royal Society provides a range of grant schemes to support the UK scientific community and foster collaboration between UK based and overseas scientists. Including:
Early career schemes — support scientists and academics at the start of their career.
Senior career schemes — provide long-term support to established scientists.
Innovation and industry schemes — support innovation and links between science and industry.
Education schemes — support science education and public engagement.
Research, capacity and infrastructure schemes — help purchase equipment and renovate laboratories.
Collaboration and travel schemes — support international travel and joint research.
Providing support and encouragement for New Zealand’s researchers, teachers and students through a wide range of funds. These include New Zealand opportunities and international collaborations.
The SNSF offers a wide range of research funding schemes which are open to scientists and academics of any nationality working in Switzerland.
An association of European Research Funding Organisations (RFO) and Research Performing Organisations (RPO), based in Brussels. It promotes the collective interests of these organizations and supports its member organisations in their efforts to foster European research. It will strengthen the European Research Area through its direct engagement with key partners.
A German initiative to support founders of start-up companies in the field of Life Sciences and Chemistry.
Registration for Science4Life Venture Cup 2015 has started. Students, graduates, or scientists who are at the very beginning of their idea, can present their business idea (maximum of three pages) and submitted it by October 24, 2014 to Science4Life
Participation is free and not restricted to Germany
Supports and funds science & technology in a broad cross-section of the UK research community. Particularly in the fields Biology and Medicine, Energy Research, Environment, and Nuclear Physics.
An independent, non-profit organization focusing on selected funding initiatives, currently 20, grouped into the areas: Persons and Structures, International Focus, and Challenges – for Academia and Society. It endeavors to provide effective stimuli for research and to establish forward-looking topics.
Supports excellent researchers in biomedical research and the medical humanities, with the aim of improving human and animal health.
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