Life Sciences Bridge Award Offers €100,000 to Early Career Researchers in Germany

Award is designed to promote the professional development of early career researchers in Germany by covering the costs of a substantial independent research project in the life science.

Aventis Foundation is an independent, non-profit foundation in Germany which is dedicated to the support of cultural and scientific projects. It promotes projects from all over Germany, but retains a special focus on initiatives from the Frankfurt Rhine-Main metropolitan region.

As part of its efforts for the promotion of science, Avantis Foundation offers the Life Sciences Bridge Award for young and talented postdoctoral researchers in life sciences. The award is designed to promote the professional development of researchers in the early stages of their career by enabling them to conduct their own independent research project.

The thematic focus of the award is on innovative approaches in the life sciences, including biochemistry, biology, chemistry, medicine and pharmaceutical studies. These research areas may also be combined with mathematics and IT.

In 2023, the foundation will award three prizes.

Eligible to apply are early career researchers in Germany. This includes research group leaders (three years after the doctorate at the earliest), junior professors and tenure-track-professors. Applicants cannot yet hold a full and permanent professorship.

Applicants must be employed at one of the foundation’s 30 partner universities in Germany.

The eligible partner universities for the 2023 call are: RWTH Aachen, Free University and Humboldt University, Berlin (including Charité), Technical University Berlin, Ruhr University Bochum, University of Bonn, University of Bremen, Technical University Darmstadt, Technical University Dresden, University Duisburg-Essen, Friedrich Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg, Goethe University Frankfurt, University of Freiburg, University of Göttingen, University of Hamburg, Leibniz University Hanover, Heidelberg University, Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Kiel University, University of Cologne, University of Konstanz, Leipzig University, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, LMU München, Technical University of Munich, University of Münster, University of Stuttgart, University of Tübingen, and Julius Maximilians University Würzburg

The awards are endowed with a subsidy amount of €100,000 each.

This prize money is earmarked as follows:

  • €10,000 as a personal grant for personal expenses.
  • €90,000 to cover personnel, material and other expenses associated with a research project over a period of up to three years.

The application deadline for the 2023 award is 30 April 2023.