The Aventis Foundation is an independent non-profit foundation headquartered in Frankfurt am Main, Germany.

In 2018, the Foundation has founded a research award for early career researchers in the field of life sciences, to help them successfully establish themselves in their academic field, pursue innovative approaches and boost their chances of gaining full professorship.

We want to provide individual support to talented researchers, enable them to conduct their own independent research and encourage them to pursue bold and unconventional ideas, in order to successfully cross the bridge between doctorate and full professorship – hence the name “Life Sciences Bridge Award”.

Aventis Foundation Life Sciences Bridge Awards are endowed with a subsidy amount of € 100,000 each.

For 2024, the Foundation will select up to three winners. The awards will be given to young academics, e. g. research group leaders (three years after the doctorate at the earliest), junior professors and tenure- track-professors who aim for an academic career but do not yet hold full and permanent professorship. The award specifically promotes innovative approaches in life sciences, i. e. biochemistry, biology, chemistry, medicine, pharmaceutical studies – each of which may be combined with mathematics, engineering and IT.

Each year’s awards will be granted in cooperation with applicants’ universities. To this end, the Foundation will partner with 30 research-intensive German universities. Accordingly, researchers administered by these universities will be eligible to apply for the award this year.

You can download information about the Award here.