Merck – 2023 Research Grants

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Since 2018, we are offering a series of research grants to stimulate innovative research in challenging areas of future importance. Grants of up to 500,000 € per year for up to 3 years have been made available. In 2023, a grant is available in the area as further specified below.

  • Green Hydrogen – 1 grant comprising up to 200,000 €/year for 1 year with potential further collaboration.

Submission deadline 31 August 2023.


The Merck research grants program is open to scientists in all career stages who are affiliated with any research-based institution, university or company.

In the first stage of the Research Grants applications process, applicants submit their application containing non-confidential information only. You may apply for more than one grant or submit your application for more than one category. If your application is successful, you are invited to submit a full proposal under confidentiality and join a deep-dive workshop. All applicants are informed about the decision of the selection committee.


The second stage of the Research Grant process is a collaborative step, the deep-dive workshop. Finalists submit their full proposals and then work together with Merck managers and scientists to jointly optimize submitted project proposals. All teams reaching this stage will be informed in October. The deep-dive workshops are currently scheduled to take place in November 2023. The culmination of the deep-dive workshops will be the selection of the research grant winners.



The third stage of the Research Grants process is the Research Grant funding phase. To enable pay-out and project start, Merck enters into bilateral collaboration agreements with the winning recipients. Our collaborative Research Grants are a unique opportunity for researchers who are interested in working with Merck‘s scientists and receive guidance from industry. During the Research Grant funding period, there will therefore be regular meetings with Merck scientists.


We are seeking for research proposals in the field of Green Hydrogen. Progress is currently made in green hydrogen production e.g. innovative electrolysis technologies, system and industrial integration of hydrogen technologies e.g. storage, distribution and application areas as well as fuel cell development. The submitted proposals should include a proof of concept in any of the above areas.




Merck is a science-driven organization and conducts its business in healthcare, life science and electronics.

Science and technology are at the heart of everything we do, driving innovations that enable us to contribute to a sustainable future. In this endeavor, we are seeking for research proposals in the field of green hydrogen.

Progress is currently being made in areas such as

  • green hydrogen production e.g. innovative electrolysis technologies,
  • system and industrial integration of hydrogen technologies e.g. storage, distribution and application areas
  • fuel cell development.

The submitted proposals should include a proof of concept (Technology Readiness Level 3) in any of the areas above and describe the innovativeness of the proposal as well as the impact on the future implementation of green hydrogen supply to the chemical and pharmaceutical industry.

We are offering one grant comprising 200,000 € for one year with potential further collaboration.

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