Calls for proposals


Transnational Research Projects on Hypothesis-driven Use of Multi-omic Integrated Approaches for Discovery of Disease Causes and/or Functional Validation in the Context of Rare Diseases within the ERA-NET "E-Rare"
Deadline: February 6, 2018

Funding of transnational research projects on mental disorders within the framework of ERA-NET NEURON
The research projects should cover at least one of the following areas:
- Basic research approaches to pathogenesis and/or etiology of mental disorders and/or research into resistance.
- Clinical research approaches to develop new methods for the prevention, (early) diagnosis, patient stratification, therapy and/or rehabilitation of mental disorders.
The research projects can range from the investigation of basic disease mechanisms to clinical trials (up to phase 2,"proof-of-concept").
Duration: up to 3 years
Proposal Submission: 2-step submission
Deadline for stage 1: March 8, 2018

Funding of international collaborative projects in the field of scientific research within the framework of the European-Latin American/Caribbean Initiative (ERA-NET) ERANet-LAC/EU-CELAC interest group.
Funded topic in the field of life science:
Infectious Diseases - Early Detection Research including both, Screening and Diagnosis:
List of participating funding agencies:
Belgium (F. R. S. – FNRS), Bolivia (MINEDU), Brazil (CNPq), Brazil (FAPESP), Brazil (FAPESP), Chile (CONICYT), Cuba (FONCI), Germany (BMBF), Dominican Republic (MESCYT), Ecuador (SENESCYT), Guatemala (CONCYT), Israel (CSO-MOH), Panama (SENACYT), Peru (CONCYTEC), Spain (ISCIII), Turkey (TUBITAK) and Uruguay (ANII).
Budget: 120,000 EUR
Duration: 3 years
Anticipated project start: November 2018 – January 2019
Proposal Submission: 2-step submission
Deadline for stage 1: March 8, 2018

Funding of "Computational Life Sciences"
Four selection rounds are planned. In the first selection round for the submission deadline of 12 April 2018, projects on the following topics will be funded amongst others:
- Development of innovative software tools for bioinformatics and the modelling and simulation of complex biological systems that address current needs based on advances in experimental methods and modern (high-throughput) technologies.
- Development of open source software solutions with freely available basic data sets for reproducible testing and comparison of different methods.
- Methods for validation and quality control of data and models
- Quantification of uncertainties in model behavior and predictions caused by the inaccuracy of input data, the choice of model parameters and simulation conditions, the use of approximations and the neglect of interfering factors.
Proposal Submission: 2-step submission
Deadline for stage 1: February 6, 2018






Doctoral Fellowships for candidates who have been particularly qualified and who are not more than 26 years of age are preferred. The scholarship should also be accepted immediately after completion of the state examination or diploma, unless other funding has been passed and the doctorate is to be awarded. Deadline: October 11, 2017

FEBS Long Term Fellowships

Postdoctoral Fellowships for a maximum of three years. Applicants must be members of a FEBS constitutent society to be working in a laboratory in a FEBS country and to be seeking to work in a laboratory in a different FEBS country.
Deadline: October 1, 2017

 Daimler Benz Foundation – Fellowship Program for Postdocs

The Foundation awards 10 fellowships each year to selected post-doctoral fellowships, junior professors or leaders of young research groups from all disciplines. The aim is to strengthen the autonomy and creativity of the next generation of scientists and to pave the way for committed researchers to pursue their careers during the productive phase after their doctorate. The annual funding amount is 20,000 Euros per scholarship awarded for a period of two years: to finance research assistants, technical equipment, research trips or for participation in conferences. The Foundation also promotes interdisciplinary exchange of ideas through meetings of the young specialists from this steadily growing scholarship holder network in Ladenburg.

Deadline: October 1, 2017


 UNESCO-L’Oréal- promotional program for women in science

Highly talented and committed female scientists with children are supported. In this life situation, many female researchers interrupt their promising careers, especially in Germany. The funding is intended to help young women researchers make optimum use of their scientific potential and gain more time for their scientific work.

In Germany, three doctoral or postdoctoral students are funded annually for a period of one year from the date of award. The maximum amount of funding is 20,000 Euros per doctoral candidate.

Deadline: November 30, 2017


Volkswagen Stiftung

Freigeist Fellowship
- area of research: all disciplines
- type of funding: own position (head of junior research group)
- up to 1 million Euro
- up to 5 (+3) years
- outstanding junior researchers who wish to carry out research at the boundaries between established fields of research
- prerequisites: PhD degree no longer than four years prior to submission; linked to research institution in Germany; completed change of academic environment and research sojourn abroad
- additional benefits: funding for communication of science and research; special family related benefits; additional funding for refugee scholars and scientists; training programs

Deadline: October 12, 2017

Boehringer Ingelheim Fonds

Doctoral fellowships for projects in the field of biomedical basic research.
Deadlines (multiple cut-off): February 1, June 1, October 1 each year


The Copernicus Prize is awarded every two years by the DFG and the Foundation for Polish Science (FNP) to German and Polish researchers from all scientific fields who have made a lasting contribution to the deepening of German-Polish research cooperation in tandem. The prize is endowed with 200,000 euros. The DFG and FNP are now calling on German and Polish researchers to nominate suitable candidates. Self nominations are also possible.
Deadline: October 17, 2017
If you are using the DFG elan portal for the first time, please register before 4 October 2017.

Prize of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities, donated by the Monika Kutzner Foundation for the Promotion of Cancer Research
The Sir Hans Krebs Prize 2017 is awarded for an outstanding work in basic medical research published in a scientific journal. Works published or accepted for publication between April 1, 2016 and March 31, 2017 may be submitted.  Applicants should not exceed an age of 45 years.
Deadline: October 17, 2017

Heineken Prizes 2018

These biennial international prizes, worth $ 200,000 each, reward outstanding achievement in the fields of:
-       Biochemistry and Biophysics
-       Cognitive Science
-       Medicine
They are intended explicitly for scientists and scholars who are currently active in their field and whose research still holds considerable promise for future innovative discoveries. Both institutes and individual researchers may nominate suitable candidates for these prizes until 15 October 2017.

Memento Research Prize for neglected diseases
The prize is awarded for research activities representing the most important contribution to research and development in the field of neglected diseases, which have been published in the last 24 months and financed with German public funds. The prize is endowed with 5,000 euros.
Deadline: October 31, 2017

Klee Foundation – Innovation award
In 2018, the Family Klee Foundation awards the Innovation Prize of €10,000 to a person or a working group for a scientific achievement that "by combining medical and technical knowledge in a novel way makes it possible to cure diseases, improve their therapy or mitigate the effects of the disease" (Foundation founder Gerhard Klee) after assessing the applications received for an outstanding scientific work. The work must have been done in Germany.
Deadline: January 15, 2018