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Merck Innovation Cup 2024 (apply by 31 Jan 2024)

From July, 20th – July, 26th 2024, Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany will be hosting the Innovation Cup Summer Camp. The Innovation Cup is an initiative for post-graduate students on their way towards a PhD in natural sciences, computer sciences, and business administration to attend a training program near Frankfurt, Germany. All travel, food and accommodation expenses are paid by us.


The Innovation Cup is designed to support the professional development of post-graduate students interested in the pharmaceutical and chemical industry. Participants learn how R&D in the industry works by lectures from Merck managers and scientists. The students will also advance an idea to a full project plan with their teams. The event brings together a promising new generation of talent with senior managers and researchers and accomplished retirees in a meeting of the generations. It also provides a unique chance to network with the brightest students from all around the world. Teams will work on innovative projects in the areas of: Oncology, Neuroscience & Immunology, Medicinal Chemistry, Synthetic Biology, Digital Health, Neuroinspired Computing and Smart Manufacturing. At the first day of the summer camp a conference with alumni from previous editions will be organized.


Postdocs and post-graduate students on their way towards a PhD in biology, chemistry, physics, medicine, biotechnology, computer sciences, data sciences, biochemistry, pharmacy, engineering or related fields are invited to apply. In addition, advanced MBA students or recent MBA graduates with an interest in the pharmaceutical and chemical business and a background in natural sciences or computer and data are also eligible.


The participating teams have the chance to win the Innovation Cup award endowed with EUR 20,000 for the most convincing project plan, plus EUR 5,000 and EUR 3,000 for the runner-ups. Best ideas will be evaluated for implementation. Best participants can enter a top talent program for a permanent position.

More Information here: InnovationCup-2024_Flyer and here.