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Institutional Funding

The University Medical Center Mainz supports their (Young) Researcher's innovative and forward-thinking projects. There are three funding options applicants can choose from:

"Stufe I": Intramural startup funding for research projects

Medical Minds Mainz: Awards for Young Researchers in various categories

High Potentials Grant: Multiannual funding to develop own research profile

"Stufe I"

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

The Grant is awarded to outstanding post-doctoral scientists with a doctorate (clinician scientists or natural scientists) from Germany and abroad, who have already distinguished themselves with high-ranking publications, their own third-party funding and proven their potential as independent scientists. For candidates who are already employees of the University Medical Center (UMC) Mainz when submitting the application, the current position must be limited in time and financed from third-party funds.

Purpose and aim of the fellowship

This grant is intended to give the candidates the opportunity to establish themselves as independent researchers with their own research profile and to achieve their academic independence - ideally by establishing their own research group and / or by being appointed as a (junior) professor. During the grant, candidates are expected to acquire significant third-party funding.

Successful candidates will be employed at the UMC. A funding of €100,000 p.a. to finance their own position and further project costs will be available to the candidates for a duration of 3 years. 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.

The candidates will be accompanied by two mentors (if applicable, a clinician scientist and a basic researcher), who actively support them in achieving the scientific and professional goals as well as the milestone plan described in their proposal. At least one of the mentors must be employed at the UMC, while the second may belong to another institution.

The candidates 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.

Application procedure

The application process has two stages. Candidates are nominated by potential mentors from the UMC. The Committee for Research Support (AFF) makes the decision on inviting full proposals and awarding the High Potentials Grant. Direct applications are not accepted.

specified catalogue of criteria (Pdf-file, 225,9 KB) is used to assess the candidates and their proposal in both stages of the review process by the AFF and external reviewers, respectively.

To rule out unconscious biases towards gender and origin as best as possible, the UMC strives for the greatest possible anonymization. Therefore, the following must be observed when preparing the documents to be submitted: All mentions of the full names of the candidates are to be omitted. Instead, only the initials of the candidates may be used. In documents in which a personal identification of the candidate is necessary, the name will be blacked out and rendered unrecognizable before they are passed on to the AFF and the reviewers.

1. Stage: Candidates are nominated by their potential mentors at the UMC to the AFF. After careful review of their CV and previous research achievements, the AFF invites suitable candidates to submit a full proposal. The documents must be sent electronically to by October 10, 2021.

Required documents (in English):

2. Stage: Full proposals must be sent electronically to The selection of two candidates per year is based on at least two external reviews and a short interview by members of the AFF.

Required documents (in English):

  • Full project description (use this template (Word , 77,9 KB)),
  • List of three external reviewers (full name, contact details) who are independent of the mentors (and their institutes) and the applicant, and
  • If requested, all documents submitted in the first stage.

The interim evaluation of the project takes place 18 months after the start of funding and is also carried out by the AFF. For the interim evaluation, the achievement of the milestones set out in the application as well as any third-party funding acquired is assessed.


Dr. A. Clement

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