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Internal research funding

The Faculty of Medicine allocates part of the state subsidy for research and teaching specifically to promoting the Faculty's own research.. The Research Committee of the Faculty of Medicine pursues the goal of promoting high-quality and internationally competitive research projects. It has the task of steering this process through the allocation of funding. It decides on the eligibility of projects for funding in accordance with the guidelines adopted by the Faculty Council of the Faculty of Medicine.

Young Scientists

a.    Promotion of young scientists
Young researchers with a doctorate can apply to be funded for scientific projects. This instrument is aimed specifically at first-time applicants who have already gained scientific experience through publications (at least two first or last authorships), but who have not yet acquired extensive project-related competitive third-party funding (max. 10,000 euros). The aim of the funding is the development of an independent research profile and the qualification for a later successful extramural acquisition of competitive third-party funding (e.g. DFG, BMBF, etc.) as a responsible project leader.

The guidelines of the Research Committee (ReCo) and the current criteria according to the DFG proposals for individual funding/substantive grants, apply to the application form for the funding lines young scientists, integration funding and networking funding.
Proposals must be submitted in English on a form (maximum 20 pages), which can be accessed via the ReCo homepage. All attachments must be saved as a PDF (compress images in Word as low as possible) and legible (including alignment) before submission to the online portal.
(Status 11 May 2020)

Collaborative projects

Doctoral researchers can apply for funding for scientific cooperation projects. For networking grants, a joint application by at least two scientists from different institutions is required.

This funding instrument specifically supports collaborations between scientists from different clinics/institutes of the Faculty of Medicine, from a clinic/institute of the Faculty of Medicine together with scientists from another faculty of the HHU or an affiliated institution (DDZ, FZ Jülich, IUF, LVR-Klinikum Düsseldorf).

Clinical Research: Clinician Scientist Programme

Stage 1 - Rotational position - Junior Clinician Scientist

The programme is aimed specifically at doctors who are still at the beginning of their clinical career and who wish to pursue a scientific career in university medicine.

At the beginning of their residency training, usually before the end of the 3rd year of training, physicians with a doctorate in a clinical subject with direct or indirect patient care can apply for funding for a rotation position to carry out scientific projects. (Applications from dentistry cannot be funded in the Clinician Scientist Programme).  

Level 2 - Senior Clinician Scientist

This funding instrument is aimed specifically at researching physicians with clinical activities who have already gained scientific experience that is documented by responsible scientific publications (first or last authorships).  

As a rule, doctors with a doctorate can apply for funding for scientific projects from the 4th year of specialist training in a clinical subject with direct or indirect patient care. Funding is provided for a release from tasks in patient care for up to 50% of the working time for up to 3 years from Faculty funds. In the course of a year, the working time in patient care must outweigh the working time in research. (Applications from dentistry cannot be funded in the Clinician Scientist Programme).

Level 3 - Advanced Clinician Scientist

This funding instrument is aimed specifically at researching medical specialists with clinical activities who have a scientific track record and have their own competitive third-party funding at the time of application. The habilitation must not have been completed more than 5 years ago.

After completing their specialist training in a clinical subject with direct or indirect patient care, doctors with a doctorate can apply for funding for up to 3 years to release them from tasks in patient care and to carry out research tasks for up to 30% of their working time. The research time is flexible and can be taken in blocks or distributed over the weekly working hours. (Applications from dentistry cannot be funded in the Clinician Scientist Programme).

For new members at the Faculty of Medicine of HHU

Scientists who are new to the Faculty, or scientists e.g. after parental leave, can apply for funding for scientific projects. The aim of the funding is to ensure the continuity of the scientific work and to facilitate later integration into the research priorities, funding and development areas of the Faculty of Medicine. The application must explicitly address how the project fits into the research priorities, funding and development areas and what strategies the applicant will pursue in acquiring external third-party funding based on the project. These funds are not subject to appointment agreements. This funding instrument can only be applied for once.

Eligible to apply:
Doctoral researchers with published preliminary work and successful third-party funding who have newly joined the faculty within the last 24 months or who are resuming their academic work, e.g. after parental leave (≥ 12 months absence).


Funding volume:
per year (see also types of funding). The planned expenditure for personnel and material must be justified in the application. Doctoral positions must be be remunerated in accordance with the recommendations of the DFG. For natural scientists in the field of biomedicine, for example, a salary of E13 65% is envisaged. It is not possible to apply for the own position can be applied for. 

Doctoral researchers who are not yet members of the Faculty of Medicine and who have successfully obtained funding for their own junior research group (e.g. Emmy-Nöther Programme, Max-Eder Programme) can apply for an additional bonus of € 80,000 if the junior research group is established at the Faculty of Medicine and the funds are administered there.

Please submit your applications according to guideline V by email at .

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