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
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 2022. 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.
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.
Young scientists working at UMC-Mainz may apply for the Medical Minds Mainz Prize with an outstanding publication or another award-worthy activity in different categories.
The calls are announced annually via the Researchers Newsletter and the CSO's Newsletter. The prize is endowed with a personal payout of 2,500 €. It is envisaged that the awards will be presented as part of the annual TransMed Science Day. The Committee for Research Support (AFF) decides on the awarding of currently 5 prizes per year in the categories
a) TransMed Scientist Award - MD: Publication related to medical doctoral theses,
b) TransMed Scientist Award - PhD: Publication of scientific dissertations,
c) Insights in Medicine Award: publication without direct reference to laboratory-based experimental systems,
d) Science goes Media Award: particularly successful communication of research results, which can be traced back to a broad impact of public outreach, and
e) 3Rs Award: consistent implementation of 3R (replace, reduce, refine) in animal research.
For 2022 applications can be submitted until 29 May 2022.
The grant is awarded to outstanding post-doctoral scientists with a doctorate (clinician scientists or medical 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.
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 University Medical Center (UMC) Mainz. 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 advised 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.
Medical and clinician scientists with “Habilitation” are not eligible.
For clinician scientists, the directorate of their host institute is required to release the candidate of their clinical commitment for at least 50% of their working time for the duration of the fellowship. This will have to be confirmed by the host institute directorate and will be verified during the funding period.
Clinician scientists and medical scientists who are already permanently employed at UMC are eligible for a High Potentials Grant. However, the host institute is required to explicitly outline how it will ensure the long-term support of the career of the candidate after the funding by the High Potentials Grant ends.
The application process has two stages. Candidates are nominated by potential mentors from the UMC. The Vice Dean for Research, supported by the Committee for Research Funding (AFF) and external reviewers, makes the decision on inviting full proposals and awarding the High Potentials Grant. Direct applications are not accepted.
A specified catalog of criteria (Pdf-file, 231,8 KB) is used to assess the candidates and their proposal in both stages of the review process by the AFF and external reviewers, respectively.
1. Stage: Candidates are nominated by their potential mentors at the UMC. After careful review of their CV and previous research achievements, the Vice Dean for Research invites suitable candidates to submit a full proposal. The documents must be sent electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org by 19.06.2022.
Required documents (in English):
2. Stage: Full proposals must be sent electronically to email@example.com (tentative deadline 15.08.2022). Based on at least two external reviews and supported by the AFF, the Vice Dean for Research will select candidates for an interview. A maximum of two candidates will be awarded.
Required document (in English):
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.
Mainz University Medical Center has set itself the goal of promoting active initiation and participation in academically driven clinical trials. In order to increase the attractiveness of clinical research for young, excellent physicians, to create career perspectives, to increase the visibility of the University Medical Center and finally to translate this knowledge into advances in patient care, a scholarship program has been established.
The fellowship is intended as temporary start-up funding for clinical research projects.