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Substantial questions, brightest minds - and you!

Our scientists are driven to find answers to the big questions of our times. In tackling their field in scientific frontier research they need courage, talent, persistence - and your unique support!

Excellent frontier research is a high risk mission, requiring high trust, too. The results are at times not predictable, nonetheless this search is what drives us to push forward and exceed boundaries of knowledge. And knowledge is essential for progress: technologies and medical care improve our lives and ensure economic prosperity. Therefor, research in Germany is largely state-funded, because knowledge is a publicly invaluable good. Nevertheless, public funding alone at times does not suffice, as our scientists find themselves in a tough international competition. At these "Olympic Games of mind" the Max Planck Society can only stand up to and succeed when donors support our research, too.

Excellent frontier research also requires outstanding support. Succeeding as a visionary is part of your set of beliefs. So join us on this frontier journey - you are in best company.

Whether it is therapies against cancer, new materials or geo-systems: here you may find a selection of projects supported by companies, foundations and individuals, that otherwise would not have had the room to unfold and come to life. [more]
By making a bequest to us – whether in the form of a residuary inheritance, beneficiary rights to a life insurance policy or a lump sum donation – you can create lasting values and promote scientific discovery beyond your own lifetime. [more]
The Max Planck Society has a unique circle of friends: the Supporting Members, who are a constituating group in the society's governance. Our members are door-opening ambassadors, all committed to support excellent frontier research. [more]
The Boards of Trustees are our major time donors. The Max Planck Society and its institutes depend upon the acceptance of the public and its willingness to support our research activities. The Board members at the institutes aim to promote and enhance mutual understanding in their regions. [more]
Knowledge is everything. And basic research is the most important process to understand and advance our world. The Max Planck Society is dedicated to this mission, aiming to offer the best environments for top scientists worldwide. The Max Planck Foundation provides vital support in this endeavor. [more]
All of our donors share a common ground: a passion for science. They are all convinced that supporting frontier research propells innovation, making it essential for innovation and prosperty. These are their stories. [more]
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