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Institutional Funding

Level I-Intramural startup funding for research projects

The University Medical Center Mainz (UMC) offers intramural funding for research projects up to €15.000. A total of €180.000 are available for the year 2021. With this seed funding, UMC seeks to improve the success rate to obtain extramural funding. Projects already running or ending soon are not eligible for this program. Travel costs cannot be covered. Please use the application form in the Downloads area. Proposals may be submitted at any time during the year. Although the application is in English, proposals may be submitted either in English or in German. As the program is intended to support junior researchers, proposals from professors will not be considered. 

Further Information:

1) Applicants must have completed their doctorate and be employed at UMC to be eligible for funding.

2) The ratio between requested institutional start-up funding and planned external funding should be at least 1:5.

3) A report of the project results must be submitted via  e-mail no later than 6 months after the funding period has ended. A template is available in the Downloads section.

Medical Minds Mainz: awards for Young Researchers in various categories

Having published an excellent paper or accomplished outstanding work in different categories, Young Researches may apply for the Medical Minds Mainz Prize, if employed at the University Medical Center Mainz. The call for applications is spread through the Researchers Newsletter or the WV Newsletter. With the prize goes a prize money of 2,500 €, both of which will be conferred to the Award Winners during the annual TransMed Science Day. The Committee for Research Support (CRS) decides on the awarding of currently 4 prizes per year. Applications are welcome in the following categories:

a)      Best TransMed MD-thesis-related publication,

b)      Best TransMed PhD-thesis-related publication,

c)      particularly successful communication of research results, which can be traced back to a broad impact of public outreach, and

d)      consistent implementation of the 3Rs principle (replace, reduce, refine) in animal research.

High Potentials Grant: multiannual funding to develop own research profile

Young researchers from Germany and abroad may apply for the High Potentials Grant (Word , 83,8 KB), if they are post-doctoral scientists (clinician scientists or natural scientists), and have already distinguished themselves with high-ranking publications or their own third-party funding and whose temporary position has so far been financed by third-party funds. A funding of 100,000 € p.a. to finance their own position and further project costs will be available for a duration of 3 years. Thereby the young researcher is given the opportunity to establish him- / herself as an independent scientist with his / her own research profile.

Clinician scientists who, due to their clinical obligations, only apply for funding of their proportionate employment (at least 50%) by these means can apply for a cost-neutral extension of the funding period to a maximum of 4 years. Successful applicants are accompanied by a mentor (clinician scientist or natural scientist), who is employed at the University Medical Center Mainz. In tandem with his / her mentor, the young researcher defines the scientific and professional goals planned to achieve during the funding period, as well as they jointly draft a milestone plan.

Moreover, encouraged young researchers may take part in the advanced training program of the Mainz Research School of Translational Biomedicine. A mandatory prerequisite for an application is the commitment of the Department head to finance the applicant’s position after the end of the intramural funding for the duration of the third party-funded project in case the financing of a third-party funded project has been successfully obtained. In this regard, please note that the regulations of the Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetzes (WissZeitVG) apply. The applicaton is to be written in English and sent via email by March 1, 2021 to Applications will be reviewed by three external reviewers and decided by the Committee for Research Support (CRS) who will single out two applicants per year. For the interim evaluation of the project by the CRS 18 month after the funding started the milestone plan drafted in the application is decisive.


Dr. A. Clement

Deputy Head Department Research/Research Advisor
Tel.: 06131 17-9948