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Boehringer Ingelheim Foundation.

A bridge to the future.

The Boehringer Ingelheim Foundation is an independent, non-profit foundation that is committed to promoting medical, biological, chemical, and pharmaceutical science.

Through our various activities, funding programmes, and scientific awards, we want to promote excellence in basic research in the natural and life sciences. Among our key objectives is to create the freedom scientists need to conduct outstanding research.


“We aim to create new prospects for excellent science and research, in part by supporting selected initiatives in our home region. But we also provide impulses for life sciences across Germany by supporting promising young group leaders with original and pioneering ideas.”

Christoph Boehringer, Chairman of the Executive Committee, Boehringer Ingelheim Foundation, 2017

The Institute of Molecular Biology.

Copyright IMB / Ule Rohland

A Milestone.

The donation of 100 million euros for the scientific running of the Institute of Molecular Biology (IMB) at the University of Mainz for ten years is a milestone in the history of our Foundation. It bears witness to our aim of a lasting support of excellence in the region and is an example of our activities of which we are particularly proud.

The state of Rhineland-Palatinate contributed 50 million euros toward the construction of the IMB research building. Within just 15 months, an institute for basic research in the life sciences in Mainz was thus established that by any international standard is excellently equipped and offers optimal conditions for research.

The IMB's offer of maximum research freedom and excellent financial conditions have proved to be compelling: three internationally leading researchers – Christof Niehrs, René Ketting, and Helle Ulrich – could be won as its scientific directors. Currently, there are 16 teams of scientists at the IMB researching a variety of topics, including how organisms develop, how they repair their own DNA, and how the stability and activity of genes are regulated.