As of 2001 the University of Heidelberg will have one of the highest research prizes in Germany at its disposal. The Lautenschläger Research Prize of the University of Heidelberg is worth 500,000 deutschmarks and will be awarded every two years to scientists and scholars on the staff of the University of Heidelberg or otherwise associated with it. Prize donor Manfred Lautenschläger and the University of Heidelberg see the award as a contribution to enhancing the general appreciation of top-flight research in Germany. The prime aim of the award, which is to be used for purpose-oriented research, is to improve international scientific and scholarly cooperation, thus underlining the traditionally international image of the University of Heidelberg.
Research in all disciplines eligible
The award can go to scientists and scholars from any discipline who can point to a record of outstanding academic excellence and are actively engaged in teaching and research. Potential candidates cannot however apply for the prize themselves but are proposed for their outstanding performance and their record of international cooperation by an awarding board made up of scholars and scientists from the University of Heidelberg and other academic bodies.
Illustrious awarding board
In conjunction with the donor, the University of Heidelberg has assembled an illustrious awarding board to decide on candidates for the prize. Its members include donor Manfred Lautenschläger, rector Prof. Dr. Jürgen Siebke and vice-rector for research Prof. Dr. Heinz Horner.
Other members are Prof. Dr. Claus Bartram of the University Human Genetics Department, Prof. Dr. Peter Bernholz of the Economics Centre in Basel, Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Frühwald (President of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation), Prof. Dr. Harald zur Hausen (German Cancer Research Centre, Heidelberg), Prof. Dr. Glenn W. Most of the Department of Classical Studies (University of Heidelberg), Prof. Dr. Eberhard Schmidt-Aßmann of Heidelberg University's Faculty of Law, Heidelberg physicist Prof. Dr. Hans-Arwed Weidenmüller, Senator (retired) Prof. Dr. Manfred Erhardt (Secretary-General of the German Scientific Endowment Association) and Prof. Dr. Hartmut Michel of the Max Planck Institute of Biophysics, Frankfurt am Main.
The board convened for the first time today.
First proposals early 2001
In the eyes of the University of Heidelberg, the generous donation of a research prize of such value clearly indicates "the increasing significance of private funding for universities in Germany", as rector Jürgen Siebke put it. The first call for nominations is due in early 2001.
Please address any inquiries to:
Dr. Ulrike Albrecht
Research Administration Office
University of Heidelberg
phone: 06221/542145, fax: 542618
Dr. Michael Schwarz
Press Officer of the University of Heidelberg
phone: 06221/542310, fax: 54317