Future Insight Prize

Type
Funding programme
Funded by
Merck KGaA
Reach
Weltweit

Realizing the dreams for a better tomorrow

At the occasion of its 350th anniversary, Merck is sponsoring the Future Insight Prize to stimulate innovative solutions to solve some of humanities greatest problems and to realize the dreams for a better tomorrow in the areas of health, nutrition and energy. The Future Insight Prize will put the vision for ambitious dream products of global importance for humankind into the world and will trigger curiosity and creativity worldwide on how to make this vision a reality. We intend to give out up to EUR 1,000,000 annually for the next 35 years to incentivize people whose work has enabled significant progress towards making this vision a reality via discovering new ground-breaking science or via development of enabling technologies.

The Prize will be awarded annually from 2019 onwards to honor outstanding achievements in science & technology towards a ground‐breaking innovation important for the future of humanity in the areas:

  • Health - Pandemic Protection (2019)
  • Health - Multi Drug Resistance (2020)
  • Nutrition - Food Generator (2021)
  • Energy - CO2 Conversion (2022)

 Selection process

  • A Jury comprising experts from all over the world will identify suitable candidates for the Future Insight Prize
  • Additionally, proposals for Future Insight Prize candidates can be sent to the Jury (no self-nominations)
  • Amongst all of these candidates, the Jury will select the top individuals whom are invited to submit a formal application for the prize
  • The Jury will evaluate these applications and select the winner of the Future Insight Prize
  • The winner will be publicly announced and present their research at the Future Insight Conference

Glossary

  • A gene is a hereditary unit which has effects on the traits and thus on the phenotype of an organism. Part on the DNA which contains genetic information for the synthesis of a protein or functional RNA (e.g. tRNA).
  • Selection in a biological context means the assortment of organisms due to their characteristics. On the one hand, this could be natural selection ("survival of the fittest") like in evolutionary processes. On the other hand, selection by man, e.g. breeding, is called artificial selection. Artificial selection is also used in genetic engineering to identify a genetically modified organism due to its new characteristics (e.g. resistance to antibiotics).
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