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Organisation : Merck Global
Scholarship Name : Research Grants 2020
Applicable For : Scientists
Applicable State/UTs : All India
Application Last Date : 31.08.2020
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Merck Research Grants

Applications Invited for Merck Research Grants Program 2020.

Related / Similar Fellowship : MLH Fellowship 2020

Who Can Apply?

** The Merck research grants program is open to scientists in all career stages who are affiliated with any research-based institution, university or company.
** Submissions are accepted from scientists in all countries all over the world.

Applicable Areas

Grants of 100,000 EUR – 500,000 EUR per year for up to 3 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

Drug Discovery

Merck is offering research grants for proposals that have the potential to advance the field of drug discovery within Oncology and Autoimmune Diseases. Proposals will be considered

a) that help to identify and characterize the next game-changing molecule or technology to help cure cancer or autoimmune disease.
b) innovative research on molecular targets or pathophysiological pathways with untapped potential to be the next big therapeutic breakthrough.

c) new breakthrough enabling technologies for drug discovery.
d) methods that improve translation from and predictivity of preclinical models to the clinical situation.

Bioreactor Design For Cultured Meat

Proposals will be considered that help to develop the next generation, scalable bioreactors that can support industrial scale meat and seafood manufacturing. Reimagine existing technologies to fit the performance efficiency, cost and sustainability requirements.

Innovate on aspects of the system from fabrication of scaffolds to operation strategy and perfusion dynamics, automation intelligence and harvesting.

Next Generation Machine Learning

A deeper mathematical understanding of cognitive processes like auditory or visual perception may trigger progress both in neuroscience and in artificial intelligence.

Project proposals will be considered that seek to overcome current limitations in AI by a new generation of algorithms, inspired by today’s neurosciences and by advances in brain research.

Pandemic Preparedness

The recent COVID-19 pandemic shows that pandemic preparedness and having the right products and technology to fight infectious diseases with epidemic and pandemic potential is of utmost importance. It is required to act quickly to limit further substantial damages to society, economy and ecology.

Project proposals will be considered that leverage modern technologies to create new breakthrough solutions to be more prepared for pandemic outbreaks or work towards existing solutions that could help to fight emerging viral infections.

Application Process

Applicants submit their application for the focus topics containing non-confidential information only. 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.

To submit an application, investigators must first register with our online portal.

Steps :
Step 1 : Go to the following link
Step 2 : Next, You will need to register (click “register” in the online form) with a valid email address.

Step 3 : The registration link will then be sent to that email address that you use for your login.

Step 4 : In order to apply, fill out the application form with your research proposal, using non-confidential information only.
Step 5 : Finally submit your application.

Deep Dive Workshops

The deep-dive workshop for the Drug discovery, Bioreactor design, Next generation machine learning topics will take place November 3rd- 5th, 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.

Application Deadline

Submissions will be accepted until 31 August 2020 23:59 CEST for the Drug discovery, Bioreactor design, Next generation machine learning topics.

For the Pandemic preparedness topic, there is no fixed deadline, since applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis so that we are able to provide a quicker response in these challenging times.

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