Participate in the Grant for Oncology Innovation

The following information outlines the application and selection process for researchers who wish their projects to be considered.

Who is eligible to apply for the GOI?

Researchers from around the world may apply for the grant if they are leading innovative research projects to advance the use of personalized medicine in cancer treatment.

Suitable research projects

We are particularly interested in:

  • Access to personalized treatment/care for patients
  • Innovative research with clinical relevance and benefits for patients
  • Solid tumor malignancies.

Applicants must be aware that (in some particular cases) to be eligible to apply they must have preliminary data with positive outcomes (data will be requested as part of the application procedure).

Unsuitable research projects

The research proposed for the Grant for Oncology Innovation:

  • Must not involve any of Merck’s products
  • Must not involve interventional clinical research
  • Must not involve the testing of competitive products.

Grant sum

A total, annual grant of up to €1,000,000 will be shared by a number of selected projects.
Research proposals with budgets up to €500,000 will be considered.


Applications for the 2017 grant are now closed.