Success in the "Advanced Clinician Scientist" proposal

March 29, 2021

Funding for medical researchers (from left) ACCENT spokeswoman Prof. Anja Schneider and co-spokeswoman Prof. Annkristin Heine. Photo: J.F. Saba / UKB

 

Researching medical professionals receive funding from the BMBF

The Medical Faculty of the University of Bonn and the University Hospital Bonn (UKB) will be in the next five years part of the tender "Advanced Clinician Scientist" (ACS) of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) in the areas of immunopathogenesis and organ dysfunction as well as brain and neurodegeneration. The Medical Faculty and the UKB will receive around 9,000,000 euros for the project, with which the "ACCENT" (Advanced Clinician Scientist Program Bonn) will be set up. The innovative concept supports research specialists with a focus on immunology, neurosciences, genetics and epidemiology as well as cardiovascular diseases and oncology. For this purpose, in addition to their clinical work, they are closely linked to research associations such as Collaborative Research Centers and the ImmunoSensation┬▓ cluster of excellence through co-affiliation with research institutes.

The aim of the BMBF initiative is to increase career prospects in research and health care through the funding of Advanced Clinician Scientists (ACS) positions in university medicine throughout Germany. To this end, 12 ACS positions will be created in Bonn over the next three years. In addition, two other positions in Bonn are financed by the ImmunoSsensation┬▓ excellence cluster. In addition to interdisciplinary work and individual offers in the areas of coaching, mentoring and management training, ACCENT also focuses on equal opportunities and the compatibility of work and family. This ensures, among other things, that at least 50 percent of the participants are female.

Co-spokeswoman Prof. Annkristin Heine and member of the Cluster of Excellence ImmunoSensation says: "For the participating physicians, our program represents a great opportunity to both sharpen their scientific profile and their clinical goals, thanks to the 50 percent exemption from clinical work in favor of research follow. Support with administrative tasks, cooperation with basic science institutes and structured career development are specifically promoted. "