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Current project call, funding period 2018-2020

Dear colleagues,

the graduate program in "Pharmacology und Experimental Therapeutics" has been established in 2009 and is jointly organised by the University of Cologne and Bayer. The program offers funding and a structured education for graduate students (Dr. med., nat. med., rer. nat. and PhD Health Sciences). More Details

We are now inviting project proposals for the new funding period 2018-2020. There will be funds available for 2 doctoral positions for 3 years and for up to 3 medical student stipends for a period of 2 years. Additional projects can be accepted into the program if they receive funding from elsewhere.

Students of the graduate program receive financial support for conference attendances and educational activities and can take part in the curriculum offered by the program, including a lab rotation at Bayer.

Proposals are invited in the following project areas:

  • Cardiovascular and kidney research, degenerative and inflammatory mechanisms
  • Oncology, genetic and immunological mechanisms


Criteria for the acceptance of a project into the program are:

  • Match with one of the project areas
  • Scientific originality
  • Feasibility within a timeframe of 3 years
  • Consumables and equipment have to be provided by the principal investigator
  • Good academic track record of the principal investigator regarding independent research, grant acquisition and supervision of students
  • The funding of projects currently financed by Bayer can not be extended
  • For the selection and funding of projects the scientifically founded use of small molecules in general or Bayer-substances in particular shall not constitute a disadvantage, but is also not a prerequisite


The program committee will take the decision about the acceptance of projects into the program and about the funding of doctoral positions for some of the accepted projects.

Please send your proposal until 28.7.2017 to .
Template for a project proposal

Feel free to contact the program coordinator if you have any questions (+49 152 21757389).

I am looking forward to your applications!

Best regards,

Prof. Dr. Stefan Herzig