Call for proposals – Advanced Projects 2019

Dear Professor, dear Ladies and Gentlemen,

in preparation for the review by the External Scientific Advisory Board of the IZKF on 14./15.11.2019 in Erlangen, the IZKF asks until 20.05.2019 24 clock for the submission of clinically relevant project applications for funding in the IZKF to all main research areas of the Faculty of Medicine.

Eligible to apply are all members of the Faculty of Medicine, unless these are financed by the IZKF. Members of other faculties may act as co-applicants. Per project up to 3 applicants from the same or from different institutions can appear. For each individual applicant, a scientific contribution to the project, recognizable from the work programme, and a corresponding scientific qualification in the form of:

  • two original publications as first or last author in the last 5 years (2014-2018) and
  • a third-party funded project running in the application year (2019) from an external funding agency with a LOM-factor of at least 2 (DFG, assessed federal and state funding (z.B. BMBF), EU, Bayerische Forschungsstiftung/ Bayerische Landesstiftung, Dt. Stiftung für Herzforschung, Else-Kröner-Fresenius-Stiftung, German-Israelian-Foundation (GIF), Humboldt-Stiftung, José-Carreras-Stiftung, Mildred-Scheel-Stiftung/ Deutsche Krebshilfe, NIH-Grants, Novartis Stiftung, Thyssen-Stiftung, Volkswagen Stiftung, Wilhelm-Sander-Stiftung)

is required.

The number of project proposals for internal pre-evaluation permitted in the current application period is limited to 1 project per applicant.

For each individual project (one institution involved), 1 staff position can be applied for. The requested project volume may not exceed the equivalent of a PhD position (1st project year 50%, 2nd + 3rd project year 65% E13) or MTA position as well as material costs of € 15.000 pa. For the financing of business trips, publication costs, microarrays and Next Generation Sequencing or others, pooled funds are available for the funded projects.

For tandem projects (joint project application from at least 2 institutions), 2 staff positions and up to € 25,000 consumables p.a. can be requested in total. The application for a second postgraduate position (instead of MTA) is expressly desired.

The term of IZKF projects is basically 30 months. An extension of another 6 months will be made if, for the project being processed, a funding application is submitted to an external funding agency with a LOM-factor of at least 2 and reported to the IZKF Administrative Office. The work programme should cover the entire possible funding period of 36 months. The approved projects will have a flexible start of funding between 01.01.2020 and 01.07.2020. For tandem projects, the end of the project is determined depending on the recruitment of the second project employee (whose beginning + 30 months, but not more than 36 months after the start of work of the 1st project employee).

The regulations of the IZKF require a two-stage assessment. As a first step, project outlines can be submitted, which will be evaluated by the (extended) management board with the participation of the Junior Scientist Committee. The internal written evaluation will be followed by an application colloquium in which all projects assessed as eligible or conditionally eligible will present their project orally as the basis for the final internal assessment. The application colloquium was scheduled for July 17 and 18, 2019 (exact procedure and location to be announced). Immediately after the application colloquium, the applicants will be informed about the result of the internal evaluation. Following this, the actual project application must be formulated by those who have successfully completed the internal procedure (submission to the IZKF Administrative Office until 16.09.2019). The proposal will then be evaluated by the external Scientific Advisory Board. As already mentioned at the beginning, the assessment will take place in Erlangen on November 14th and 15th, 2019 (exact procedure and location will be announced).

The project outlines, including a research profile of all applicants and co-applicants, must be uploaded to the IZKF application tool by no later than May 20, 2019, as mentioned above. In addition, some information must be additionally recorded (see “Overview documents Advanced Projects”). The platform will be activated for entry on 02.01.2019. The formal requirements (use of templates for project proposals and research profiles) are binding.

Please forward this call for proposals to interested scientists from your institutions. Detailed information and the templates for the current call can be found on our homepage at

If you have any questions about the application process, please contact the IZKF Adminstrative Office (Dr. Faber, phone 46841 or Ms. Reichel, phone 46843).


Yours sincerely


Prof. Dr. A. rice

Chairman of the IZKF



Dr. Katrin Faber

IZKF Administrative Office

Phone 09131/ 85-46841

Fax 09131/ 85-35903