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Receiving a research prize is not only an honour. As a rule, the research awards of large research (funding) organisations are linked with substantial prize money to fund additional research projects, usually in cooperation with specialist colleagues in Germany. In addition, there are numerous foundations and scientific organisations, such as the different Academies of Sciences, which honour specific research achievements with medals, prizes and fellowships or acknowledge a lifetime of research achievement. Nominations are usually submitted by established researchers at German research institutions, but in some case direct applications are also possible.
Max Planck Research Award
The prestigious Max Planck Research Award is conferred on an annually alternating basis in specific areas of the natural and engineering sciences, the life sciences and the humanities. It aims to enable outstanding researchers – also those working abroad – to realise further research achievements over a period of three to five years within the framework of an international collaboration. As a rule, each award is linked with 750,000 euros in prize money. Nominations can be made by the rectors or presidents of German universities and directors of research institutions in Germany.
Sofja Kovalevskaja Award
The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation’s Sofja Kovalevskaja Award is explicitly aimed at successful top young researchers from abroad who completed an outstanding doctorate less than six years ago. Award winners can use the prize money of up to 1.65 million euros to set up a work group at a research institution of their choice in order to realise their own high-level and innovative research project for a period of five years.
Humboldt Research Award
The Humboldt Foundation confers the Humboldt Research Award on outstanding researchers at the height of their careers. The prize money of 60,000 euros is intended to facilitate a research collaboration with specialist colleagues in Germany for a period of six to twelve months.
Anneliese Maier Research Award
The Anneliese Maier Research Award is specifically aimed at foreign, internationally acknowledged researchers in the humanities and social sciences. The prize money of 250,000 euros is intended to make it possible to realise an independently selected research collaboration with specialist colleagues in Germany for up to five years. Nominations must be submitted by researchers in Germany. Direct application is not possible.
Reimar Lüst Award
The Reimar Lüst Award honours renowned humanities specialists and social scientists who have made a special contribution to sustainably fostering bilateral relations between Germany and their home country as opinion leaders. The award winners are invited for stays in Germany of between six and twelve months. The award is valued at 50,000 euros.
Fraunhofer-Bessel Research Award
The Fraunhofer-Bessel Research Award constitutes an interesting opportunity for non-European researchers who have already received international recognition in applied research. It enables them to work on a research project with specialist colleagues at a Fraunhofer Institute in Germany for a period of up to one year.
Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award
A Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award can be conferred for outstanding research achievements by internationally renowned scientists and scholars who completed their doctorates less than 18 years ago. Award winners are invited to use the prize money of 45,000 euros to spend a period of up to one year cooperating on a research project with specialist colleagues in Germany. Nominations must be submitted by researchers in Germany. Direct applications are not possible.