Impulses for knowledge
Extreme emotional stress does not only affect individuals and their families; it affects society as a whole. How individuals cope with stress, however, varies widely. The Daimler and Benz Foundation has developed a research project to examine this phenomenon more closely. An integrated model has been developed to identify and examine the relationship between the genetic and psychological variables involved in an individual's reaction to stress. Once these factors have been recognized and defined, the knowledge garnered can be used to help prevent stress and burnout and to build up an individual's resiliency.
Openness and curiosity are essential prerequisites for discovery. In order to intensify the knowledge-generation process, the Daimler and Benz Foundation works with targeted stimuli. Using its €3 million yearly operating budget, the Foundation is able to provide sizable resources for international research. Its endowment of €125 million makes the Daimler and Benz Foundation one of the largest, actively-operating foundations in Germany.
The Daimler and Benz Foundation is guided by clear principles. Its core values include supporting young researchers, encouraging interdisciplinary cooperation, and promoting research in a wide-range of fields. The Daimler and Benz Foundation has created a forum where leaders in the natural and social sciences can present and discuss their ideas. This exchange brings unconventional associations and new ideas to light: The result is knowledge with long-term benefits for us all.