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Education and Qualification for Postdocs (EQUIP) - Medical Scientist Funding



The funding for Medical Scientists within the EQUIP- Education and Qualification-Programme of the Faculty of Medicine supports excellent Medical Scientists.

While the Berta-Ottenstein-Programme provides support for exceptional Clinician Scientists who combine a clinical and scientific career, the EQUIP- Medical Scientist-Programme offers funding for excellent Medical Scientist from the medical, technical, mathematical or life sciences, who are not pursuing clinical training.  

The programme is intended to help Medical Scientists pursue their scientific career goals in Freiburg’s University Medicine and to pave their way into scientific independence.   

With this programme the Faculty of Medicine specifically aims at supporting Medical Scientists whose scientific projects have a clear focus on translational research. Translation is a process engaging various disciplines in order to develop preventive, diagnostic or therapeutic procedures from basic knowledge and scientific results of disease-oriented research. Translation requires a long-term cooperation of various disciplines including clinician and non-clinician scientists. Such interdisciplinary exchange as well as acquisition of competencies particularly required in translational research is fostered by the curriculum of the programme and through tandem-mentoring with a clinician and non-clinician mentor. 


Target group

Eligible are doctorate-holding researchers without responsibilities in patient care and not pursuing fellowship training in a clinical discipline (Medical Scientists) at an early career stage, who are affiliated with Freiburg’s University Medicine. The focus is on promoting Medical Scientists working at the Medical Theory Institutes or at the Medical Institutes for Diagnostics and Research. Medical Scientists employed by clinical departments are also eligible. Funding is not aimed at established scientists already qualified to complete their habilitation.


Funding and qualification

The programme provides flexible funds of 40.000 EUR per person/year which can either be used to finance the applicant’s own position or alternatively for direct project costs.

Beyond financial funding, the programme also offers a qualification programme with an established framework of courses, lecture series and tandem-mentoring.


How you benefit from the Medical Scientist-Programme
  • Optimal conditions for becoming an independent researcher
  • Be part of a network of Medical Scientists (opportunity for scientific exchange and collaboration, increased visibility)
  • Opportunities to network with clinical researchers to increase your translational competencies
  • Qualification courses focusing on translation
  • Tandem-Mentoring supporting the translational aspect of your project as well as the development of your scientific career



The first call 2019 is closed.

Please read the application form including all instructions, which you can request from the Medical Scientist Coordination Office: E-Mail.


Programme Speaker

Prof. Dr. Anna Köttgen, Institute of Genetic Epidemiology

Programme Co-Speaker

Prof. Dr. Hans-Georg Koch, Institute of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology


Further information