Visual Universitätsmedizin Mainz

Funding through the BMBF

General Information on funding through the Federal Ministry of Education and Research can be found here.  

In order to submit an application to the ministry, you will first need to fill out an AZA-application. You can find a sample application for the University Medical Center available for download below (Musterantrag BMBF AZA; PDF- and AZA- document). The personal information given on the sample is only to be understood as an example! Further Information to personell costs, among other things, can be found here (only internal).  
All applications must be signed by the manager of the Department for Research and Teaching, Dr. Hippchen. Please submit your entire application including Appendix to the Department of Research and Teaching at least 14 days before the deadline in order to recieve the necessary signatures.   

For questions pertaining to the application process and to receive a fillable AZA form, please contact   Dr. Tschauder, Tel. 17-9695.

Musterantrag BMBF AZA (Pdf-file, 163,1 KB) (nur lesen PDF)

Funding through the DFG (German Research Foundation)

More specific information on the German Research Foundation's funding opportunities can be found here.

Boehringer Ingelheim Fonds

The Boehringer Ingelheim Fonds is an independent  public foundation which promotes basic biomedical research. A major focus of the funding activities lies in the support of outstanding junior scientists who wish to pursue an ambitious PhD project of approximately 3 years in an internationally renowned laboratory. The PhD fellowship comprises a monthly stipend and travel grants for participation in international conferences and lab courses. Further, it supports the professional and personal development by offering communication training and networking activities. Approximately 10% of the applications have been successful in recent years (about 45 fellowships per year). A related programme is available for medical students willing to change institutions and to interrupt their studies in order to conduct basic biomedical research for at least 10 months. More information regarding the application criteria and procedures for these programmes is available under the following link.


The Novartis Foundation for Therapeutic Research supports medical-scientific research projects at German universities and similar institutes who distinguish themselves through innovative research methods and therapeutic relevance. Alongside funding for research projects, the Foundation also offers stipends to outstanding young scientists.

Information on the application process can be found on the  homepage of the Novartis-Stiftung.


Through the Heisenberg-Program, the DFG gives funding in particular to scientists who have are active in DFG project positions, industrial research activity, or have mid-level faculty positions.. The target group also encompasses junior professors, those with a habilitation, and German researchers returning to Germany or qualified foreign researchers who would like to pursue an academic or scientific career in Germany

You may find more detailed information on the homepage.

Alexander von Humboldt-Foundation

 Homepage of the Alexander von Humboldt-Foundation

Wilhelm Sander-Foundation

The Wilhelm Sander-Foundation was created in honor of the manufacturer Wilhelm Sander who died in Neustadt an der Dornau on December 31, 1973.  The goal of the foundation is to support medical research, particularly in diesease and cancer treatment. The focus of the program is cancer research. Since its beginning, the foundation has granted over 190 mil. euros towards this purpose, which has had a profound impact on innovative research in Germany alongside the research made possible by federal funds.

Further information on the Wilhelm Sander-Foundation can be found here.

Other Current Funding Programs

Further information to current funding programs may be found on ELFI.

Information on further Foundations

Overview Foundations 2014 (Pdf-file, 6,7 MB)