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Postdoc Starting Grant for female scientists

The Collaborative Research Center 259 (TRR259) is a research network from the Universities of Bonn, Cologne, and Düsseldorf that is working on interrelated research projects in the areas of aortic disease. With this initiative, we aim to comprehensively address the underlying mechanisms of aortic disease, with a particular focus on aortic valve stenosis, aortic aneurysm, and aortic dissection. We envision identifying novel pharmacological, interventional, and surgical targets for diagnostic, preventive, and therapeutic strategies within the frame of translational and clinical studies. While searching for new project ideas and techniques, we would like to attract motivated and talented female scientists for research on aortic diseases. That is why we would like to give PhD students and postdocs the opportunity to develop new project ideas to support the TRR259 in its research with a postdoc Starting Grant for female scientists.

 Guidelines for application


Who can apply?

  • PhD Students from the Universities of Bonn, Cologne, and Düsseldorf who are in the last phase of the doctoral thesis or who have already submitted it
  • Postdoctoral Researchers from the Universities of Bonn, Cologne, and Düsseldorf that received their PhD a maximum of two years ago (family- or health-related breaks will be considered)
  • The applicant will need to be hosted in a lab/group at the University of Bonn, Cologne, or Düsseldorf


What can be funded?

  • Project-related consumables up to € 10.000 for 1 year


How to apply?

The proposal should be concise and should be understandable without additional resources. The proposed workload should be tailored to a timeline of one year. It should contain the following information and can be a max. comprise 5 pages, including:

  • Summary of the proposed project
  • Project description: Description of planned work, preliminary results (if available) timeline/milestones, an overview of estimated costs
  • Collaboration partners


Also add:

  • A short CV of the applicant (if applicable, indicate family- or health-related career interruptions)
  • A letter of support by the host laboratory


A short final report will have to be submitted at the latest three months after the end of the project to the TRR259 coordinator.


Please submit your application (max. 5 pages + CV+ support letter) as a single PDF file to Dr. Marika Enders, menders(at)


Selection process/criteria

  • Scientific quality of the proposed project
  • Convincing work and contingency plan
  • Originality and transdisciplinary character of the project
  • CV and qualification of the applicant


The speakers of the TRR259 will select proposals for external review and afterward make the final decision about funding. Speakers of the TRR259 with conflicts of interest will be excluded from decisions.


Application Deadline



For questions, please contact the TRR259 coordinator Dr. Marika Enders (menders(at)






















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