Call DZHK Junior Research Group

The German Centre for Cardiovascular Research (DZHK) is among the six German Centres of Health Research (DZG) that are dedicated to the improvements in human health and medical care. 

The DZHK focuses on translating new approaches in cardiovascular research as rapidly as possible into clinical practice in order to improve diagnosis, prevention and treatment of cardiovascular diseases. The DZHK brings together more than 140 principal investigators from 28 universities and other research institutions at seven partner sites in Germany.

The DZHK wants to attract outstanding young researchers from Germany and abroad. It aims to support qualified and talented researchers on their way to an early scientific independence in cardiovascular research.

Eligible are scientists who are holding a doctoral degree. Scientists can apply up to six years after obtaining their doctorate, applicants holding a degree in medicine can submit an application up to eight years after passing the state examination (or an equivalent first-professional degree in medicine). Periods of family leave within the eligibility period are taken into account.

We are looking for scientists with

  • an interest in translational research,
  • special scientific achievements which are demonstrated through publications in high ranking peer-reviewed journals,
  • at least two years of research experience outside Germany and
  • at least two years of working as a postdoctoral scientist at the start of funding.

Funding period and subject matter of funding
We will fund excellent research projects which are in line with the strategy of the DZHK. Selected Junior Research Groups will be funded for a period of up to five years. The maximum annual grant amount is 250,000 Euros. DZHK Junior Research Groups can be established at one of the 28 partner institutions.

Application documents and further information
Funding applications can be submitted to the main office of the DZHK at any time. Three rounds of evaluation will be held in 2017 and 2018.


If submitted by      Shortlisting       Selection interview
31st August 2017December 2017January 2018
31st January 2018May 2018June 2018
30th June 2018October 2018November 2018

Please submit your application by email to excellencegrants(at) and use the application documents below.