Flexible funding programs ForImmun and BONFOR
Young scientists can benefit from flexible funding programs. These include ForImmun and Central Gender Funds. ForImmun will be established as a flexible funding program of the ImmunoSensation Cluster of Excellence. It will support the efforts of the Medical Faculty, LIMES, caesar and DZNE to promote their young researchers.
The Excellence Cluster’s steering committee selects and council promising projects within the five research areas for funding by ForImmun. ForImmun implements the following funding instruments: scholarships for PhD students, stipends for postdocs, promotion of young investigators, and junior research groups. This competitive recruitment and funding strategy of the cluster creates an attractive environment for the best young researchers on an international scale.
BONFOR is an already existing young investigator research program of the Medical Faculty (www.bonfor.de) and serves as a role model for the ForImmun program. The Medical Faculty provides funds to support highly motivated young scientists, by offering student stipends, start-up grants, Gerok-stipends for clinicians, young investigator support and BONFOR bonus payments. BONFOR supports young researchers towards independent DFG funding at a high success rate.
Else-Kröner clinician-scientist program
The ImmunoSensation Cluster of Excellence is basic-research oriented, from biophysical and biochemical analysis of the molecules to animal models of sterile inflammation and basic clinical research studies in humans. A strategic decision was made by the Medical Faculty to complement the ImmunoSensation Cluster of Excellence with a large new program to support young clinician scientists at the University Hospital in Bonn for projects directly related to the cluster topic (Else-Kröner-Forschungskolleg: Innate Immunity of Chronic Organ Dysfunction).
This program was established in May 2011 and has a total budget of 5.5 Mill Euro for five years. This program finances exclusively young clinician scientists (competitive internal and external recruitment into the program) who committed themselves to a combined research and clinical career. Funding includes the position of the clinician scientist, additional personnel and consumables. Clinician scientists will preferentially work in the laboratories of the cluster members. This guarantees a close interaction and fruitful collaboration of clinicians and basic scientists. Both coordinator (Jörg Kalff) and deputy coordinator (Gunther Hartmann) of this program are members of the cluster ImmunoSensation. This program expands on a long tradition of successful collaboration of basic scientists and clinicians at the Medical Faculty of Bonn.