Impulses for knowledge
A Ladenburg Research Cluster represents one of the Foundation's primary research areas, in which academics from various disciplines as well as experts in the field work together. In an exploratory phase, the provisional topic is examined carefully to determine whether it can be researched effectively in an interdisciplinary setting with the resources the Foundation has available. As soon as a research cluster has been organized, a research proposal is developed which allows for participants to operate more or less autonomously. At regularly scheduled meetings, the participating academics review the progress of the research and coordinate the individual projects which comprise the project. Most research projects last three to five years, at which point the results are made public.
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.