About the Max Planck Foundation

Knowledge is everything. And frontier research is the most important process to understand and advance our world. Max Planck Society is dedicated to this mission, aiming to offer the best environments for top scientists worldwide. Max Planck Foundation provides vital support in this endeavor.

An idea that sparks imagination will attract supporters! This core belief was a matter of course for the founders Reinhard Pöllath and Stefan von Holtzbrinck. They were not mistaken. Today, five sheltered foundations and four trust funds are held under the umbrella of Max Planck Foundation which manages around 500 million euros in total. This makes it one of the 15 largest foundations supporting science in Germany.

Max Planck Foundation is legally independent. Its sole mission is to fund scientific research conducted by Max Planck Society. Since it was established in 2006, the foundation has supported over 45 pioneering projects with over 50 million euros. Hereby, the foundation provides financial scope to compete on an international level and supports Max Planck in renewing itself constantly.

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