Research projects

The world food problem, which is closely linked to the problem of world population, can be solved, at most, only by means of scientific research and by the implementation of its results. This is the task of the Foundation fiat panis. The founder recognized that the research to improve the world food situation was insufficient. Similarly, the willingness of private institutions to use their intensification was low. The Father and Son Eiselen Foundation was a pioneer of private support for international agricultural research to improve the world's food situation. The Foundation fiat panis has been its successor since January 1, 2010.

The Foundation supports the generation of knowledge and its application to reduce hunger and poverty in the world. This example should encourage others to take part in this task.

Since 1982, more than 13 million Euros have been spent on scientific research by the Eiselen Foundation and from 2010 onwards by the Foundation fiat panis .

From 1985 to 1997, the research focus "Biotechnology and Plant Breeding - Applied Genetics in the Service of World Nutrition" at the University of Hohenheim was promoted with an effort of more than 6 million Euros. The aim of the research was to increase the yield potential of different crops and to improve the resistance of plants to diseases and parasites by the generation of genetically modified seeds. With this contribution the Eiselen Foundation had funded important basic research in Germany.

In addition, it initiated and promoted research projects of development-related agricultural and nutritional research, which are suitable to contribute to the improvement of the nutritional situation in deficit countries and/or to mitigate the effects of hunger and poverty. The Foundation supported more than 280 projects with more than 2.7 million Euros.

Together with other institutions, the Eiselen Foundation sponsored the first steps in the preparatory phase of a new special research program at the University of Hohenheim entitled "Sustainable Land Use and Rural Development in Mountainous Regions of Southeast Asia". In 2000, this special research program was established by the German Research Foundation (DFG) in Thailand and Vietnam and was extended by three years in 2003, 2006 and 2009.

On January 1, 2010, the Foundation fiat panis took over all tasks of the research funding from the Eiselen Foundation. The Scientific Advisory Board is responsible for the assessment of research project applications.


Funding Guidlines

Applications for research projects should be submitted by professors, directors, and doctoral supervisors.

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Research projects

The Foundation fiat panis initiates and supports research projects for development-related agricultural and nutritional research.

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Master program

The Foundation fiat panis awards travel grants for master theses at the University of Hohenheim, which are focussed to end hunger and malnutrition in developing countries.

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Ph. D. research support

The Foundation provides research funding for doctoral students for development-relevant work at the ZEF, Bonn and the FSC, Hohenheim.

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Workshops / Congresses / Symposia

The discussion of scientific results and the exchange of scientists is an important starting point to stimulate the generation of new research agenda.

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Justus von Liebig-
Award for World Nutrition

In 2007, the Eiselen Foundation has taken over the Liebig-Award from the Alfred Toepfer Stiftung F.V.S. It is awarded to individuals or institutions who have made an outstanding contribution to the improvement of the world nutrition. It was awarded for the first time by the Eiselen Foundation in 2009. The award is endowed with 25,000 Euros and is granted basically undivided.

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Hermann Eiselen-
Science Award

The promotion of qualified young professionals is a major concern of the Foundation fiat panis. The Hermann Eiselen-Science Award has been awarded every two years since 1986 to authors for the best submitted dissertations, which provide an innovative contribution to the improvement of the nutritional status of populations in developing countries.

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Hans H. Ruthenberg-
Graduate Award

The promotion of qualified university graduates is a major concern of the Foundation. In addition to the Josef G. Knoll-European Science Award, the Eiselen Foundation had created the Hans Hartwig Ruthenberg-Graduate Award in 1999 to award outstanding diploma or master theses in the field of food security.

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