Promoting Science

Sustainable development is not possible without the targeted, global promotion of science, research and technology.

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Invest in Science, Technology and Environmental Protection

Whoever wishes to achieve sustainable development must invest in human innovation. With our foundations, we therefore encourage research and education, culture and health, and international understanding on a worldwide basis.


Daimler has established foundations for a long-term, targeted distribution of subsidies. In some areas, we also group together our activities for society in charitable foundations. On the occasion of “125 Years of the Automobile” at the end of 2010, the Board of Management resolved to increase the capital of the Daimler and Benz Foundation by 88 million to a total of 125 million.

The Daimler Foundation

This organization for the advancement of science, research, and education currently focuses on three areas of funding:

  • Structural problems in research and education
  • Engineering sciences
  • International and scientific cooperation

As part of its focus on “Structural problems in research and education,” the Daimler Foundation has made a sustainable contribution to the establishment of endowed professorships in Germany. Current endowment professorships in Germany are:

  • Endowment chair for "information fusion and driving-assistance systems", university Ulm
  • Endowment chair for digital transformation, open university Berlin
  • Endowment chair for reliable software systems, KIT Karlsruhe Institute for Technology
  • Endowment chair for electrified commercial vehicle drive concepts, applied technical university of Esslingen
  • Endowment junior chair for IT-based automotive innovations, Technical University of Berlin

Since 1993, the Daimler fund in the Donors' Association has already funded sixteen interdisciplinary projects for dissemination of scientific knowledge, two of which were outside of Germany. The Daimler Foundation also supports the German Future Award, which has been presented annually since 1977. This technology and innovation prize, bestowed by the Federal President, is one of the country’s most prestigious scientific awards.

The Daimler and Benz Foundation supports interdisciplinary research about the interrelationship between humans, the environment, and technology. For this purpose, the Foundation draws on ideas from the spheres of science, industry, and society and fosters their intensive scientific treatment. The Foundation sees itself as a driver of the knowledge society and endeavors to contribute to the future development of society by making scientific findings readily available to interested parties. The research programs focus on issues such as environmental protection as a national objective, technology and safety, transformations in our world of living, and cities as settlements and habitats.

The Berlin Colloquium of the Daimler and Benz Foundation conveys important scientific issues and findings to the general public. Over recent years, the Colloquium has developed into a discussion forum for scientists and decision makers from a wide variety of fields. The Innovation Forum initiated by the Foundation is a place of encounter for discussions between economists and young managers.

The Daimler and Benz Foundation also performs an important function in the promotion of talented young scientists. The Bertha Benz Prize, awarded on the occasion of the annual Bertha Benz Lecture, for example, acknowledges outstanding doctoral theses presented by women in the engineering sciences.

Global promotion of science We support universities, research institutions and multi-disciplinary science projects around the world.

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