Max Planck Research Award
Excellent scientists and scholars of all nationalities who are expected to continue producing outstanding academic achievements in international collaboration – not least with the assistance of this award – are eligible to be nominated for the Max Planck Research Award.
On an annually-alternating basis, the call for nominations addresses areas within the natural and engineering sciences, the life sciences, and the social sciences and humanities.
The Max Planck Research Award 2016 will be awarded in the life sciences in the field of
with particular focus on sensing the environment
Reductionist approaches in biology have enabled a deep understanding of physiological processes and the underlying molecular mechanisms and structures. Recent conceptual and methodological advances in life sciences increasingly led to a more systemic approach, posing new challenges of interdisciplinary research and the bridging of scales from the molecular to the organismic level. Organismal biology aims at an integration of this entire spectrum of biological investigation. This research will be required to understand life at all levels from cells and tissues to organisms and their performance, eventually to address questions of both ecology and evolution. The Max Planck Research Award will be conferred to individuals who conduct outstanding interdisciplinary research at the forefront of organismal biology, with a particular focus on sensing the environment.
The deadline for nominations is 15 January 2016.
Every year, the Humboldt Foundation and the Max Planck Society grant two research awards to one researcher working abroad and one researcher working in Germany. These two awards will be bestowed independently.
The Presidents/Vice Chancellors of universities and the heads of research institutions in Germany are eligible to make nominations (c.f. list of eligible nominators). Direct applications are not accepted. As a rule, each award is endowed with €750,000 and may be used over a period of three to a maximum of five years to fund research chosen by the award winner.
Support during research stay
One of our hallmarks is the degree of support we try to provide for every single guest researcher. This is why we offer you extra benefits in addition to the award amount: from invitations to events to language courses.
Once a Humboldtian, always a Humboldtian: Even after your initial research stay has come to an end, we shall still maintain close contact with you. Our alumni sponsorship is flexible and designed to support every Humboldtian’s particular path in life and development as well as collaborations between individuals.