Boehringer Ingelheim Foundation. Lasting support for excellent science.

Paving the way to a better future.

Today’s scientific research gives us the insight to solve the problems of tomorrow. The dedication of the community and the specific promotion of outstanding scientific accomplishments can result in important steps forward in improving our health and quality of life on a long-term basis.

We are an independent, non-profit foundation committed to the promotion of the medical, biological, chemical and pharmaceutical sciences. The Boehringer Ingelheim Foundation was established in 1977 by Hubertus Liebrecht (1931–1991), a member of the shareholder family of the company Boehringer Ingelheim. With our various activities, promotion programmes and scientific awards, we make a stand for top research in the natural and the life sciences. In particular, we support outstanding young scientists.

Regional, national and international commitment.

As a reflection of the founder family's deep affinity with their home region, the Boehringer Ingelheim Foundation has always paid special attention to the University of Mainz. In addition to various awards for up-and-coming scientists at the university, the foundation pledged to donate 100 million euros to finance the scientific running of the Institute of Molecular Biology (IMB) at the University of Mainz for ten years. With the “PLUS 3” Perspectives Programme and the Exploration Grants, we provide support for independent young scientists throughout Germany. The internationally renowned Heinrich Wieland Prize, together with the patronage of carefully selected scientific meetings, are further facets of our wide range of support activities.

In addition, the Boehringer Ingelheim Foundation endowed the sum of approximately 60 million euros over a period of 10 years to the Boehringer Ingelheim Fonds; a public foundation for the promotion of basic research in biomedicine. This independent, non-profit organization awards long-term scholarships to PhD students and grants travel allowances to outstanding young students in the life sciences. Furthermore, twice a year it organizes the International Titisee Conferences.