Stiftung Charité was founded in 2005 by the entrepreneur Johanna Quandt (1926 – 2015). It is an independent private non-profit foundation. Stiftung Charité promotes Berlin as a world-leading center for the life sciences. It supports Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin and other life science organizations with funding programs in three key areas: Innovation, Research, and Open Life Science.


Innovation Funding

Research Funding

Open Life Science


The Clinician Scientist program in Berlin has established itself as a new and valuable career path for combining clinical practice and research during the difficult phase of specialist training. Stiftung Charité is a…

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Clarivate’s annual list of Highly Cited Researchers has been published, new ERC Grants have been announced: 19 of the world’s most influential scientists and one additional ERC grant holder are among Stiftung Charité’s…

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New call out now: Visiting Fellows 2023

Invite guest scientists, initiate new collaborations, implement new research projects.
Application deadline (passed): January 10, 2023, 11.59 PM

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Stiftung Charité is calling for scientists and media professionals to team up. The aim of our new science x media tandems is to promote the opening of the life sciences in general and the quality of science communication…

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Einstein BIH Visiting Fellow funded by Stiftung Charité to head Max-Delbrück-Centrum

As Visiting Fellow, Prof. Dr. Maike Sander has been a frequent visitor to Berlin since 2019. She leads a research group here on “Niche signaling in diabetic beta cell failure”. Now she is staying.

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Stiftung Charité not only provides external funding but is also actively involved in the Berlin life sciences. The foundation brings its funding recipients together and identifies its own areas of inspiration. Hosting its own events is an important way to achieve these goals. Regular events from Stiftung Charité include the Entrepreneurship Summit, management lectures, and round tables.

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Stiftung Charité in numbers

Focus areas of the foundation’s work
Innovation – Research – Open Life Science
Funding volume
Mill. per year (average from 2019, 2020, 2021)

Number of funding programs and initiatives
10 programs + events
Number of new grantees
per year (average from 2019, 2020, 2021)