Promoting science

Sustainable development is not possible without the targeted, global promotion of science, research, and technology. Sharing knowledge across borders and promoting innovation are important factors in this respect. That is why we support universities, research institutions, and multi-disciplinary science projects around the world. We have bundled these activities in the form of foundations.

The Daimler and Benz Foundation is endowed with a foundation volume of €125 million. As a driving force of the knowledge society it promotes in-depth scientific exploration of research ideas in the areas of environmental protection and future-proof technology. Furthermore, it also supports a think tank on the subject of mobility that is to research the effects and socially relevant aspects associated with autonomous driving.

Autonomous driving in future road traffic. The Daimler and Benz Foundation is investing around €1.5 million in the “Villa Ladenburg” project. A team of more than 20 research scientists is examining the future effects of self-driving vehicles on the individual and society.

Within the framework of the Donors’ Association for the Promotion of Sciences and Humanities in Germany, among other things, the Daimler Fund supports the German President’s Award for Innovation in Science and Technology, which is presented each year by the German Federal President and is among the most important scientific awards in Germany.

With the MINTernational promotional program, the Donors’ Association for the Promotion of Sciences and Humanities in Germany, the Daimler and Benz Foundation, and the Daimler Fund strive to contribute to the continued internationalization of the MINT subjects (mathematics, computer science, natural sciences, technology) in Germany. As part of a contest, technical universities are honored that have developed especially innovative concepts for preparing MINT students in Germany for the world market and bringing the best foreign students to Germany. The winners of the first round of the competition received a total of €500,000 to implement their concepts.

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