The Aventis Foundation

The Aventis Foundation is a non-profit foundation headquartered in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. Established as the Hoechst Foundation in 1996 with foundation assets of DM 100 million, it was renamed the Aventis Foundation in 2000.

The Aventis Foundation is an independent foundation with legal capacity under German civil law. It finances the projects it promotes and its administrative expenses with the earnings generated by its foundation capital.

The Aventis Foundation only supports projects; it neither has nor runs its own projects. Since its establishment, it has invested more than € 40 million to support project partners.



What we support

The Aventis Foundation supports projects in the areas of art and culture as well as science and higher education.

Artistic and cultural support focuses on individual innovative projects by cultural institutions that, for instance, experiment with new formats, seek to attract new target groups or pursue new avenues in aesthetic education. Projects that further aspiring young talent as well as the Rhine-Main region and Berlin have emerged as thematic and regional areas of focus.

In science and higher education, the Aventis Foundation supports foundation and visiting professorships as well as two scholarship programs for doctoral candidates and university lecturers. Special emphasis is placed on supporting projects that link research in the fields of chemistry, biology and medicine. 



What we don’t support

Scholarships apart from our doctorate or lectureship scholarship program. The German Chemical Industry Fund ( runs these scholarship programs. It is not possible to apply to the Aventis Foundation for a scholarship.

Personal financial assistance for educational, training or cost of living expenses or to meet the costs of medical treatment, sickness or nursing care.

Financial subsidies such as printing or travel expense subsidies, support to attend conferences and congresses, for translation work as well as for continuing education and training.

Commercial (not charitable) projects or events by individuals, agencies, companies or institutions.

Construction, renovation or building conservation measures.

Projects that do not relate to our areas of promotional focus such as mass education, social policy, social welfare, development aid, environmental protection and conservation efforts.



Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees advises the Foundation and makes the key decisions concerning its projects. Its main tasks include defining guidelines for the investment of assets and stipulating the focal areas of the Foundation’s activities.

Prof. Dr. Günther Wess (Chairman)
Prof. Dr. Rudi Balling
Prof. Dr. Dr. Dr. h.c. Uwe Bicker
Dr. Hariolf Kottmann
Dr. Heinz-Werner Meier
Prof. Dr. Müller-Esterl
Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Klaus Pohle
Dr. Gertrud R. Traud



Board of Management

The Board of Management is responsible for the operational management of the Aventis Foundation.

Joachim Schwind (Chairman)
Eugen Müller (Managing Director)




Frankfurt office

Aventis Foundation 
Industriepark Höchst 
D-65926 Frankfurt/Main

Tel.: +49 69 305 7256

Berlin office

Aventis Foundation
Rungestr. 17
D-10179 Berlin

Tel.: + 49 30 556 282 77
Fax: +49 30 548 982 11

Administration of the Aventis Foundation 

Gutes Stiften GmbH
Rungestr. 17
D-10179 Berlin

Tel.: +49 30 552 362 40 
Fax: +49 30 548 982 11