Center for Molecular Medicine Cologne

Preparation of the new CMMC funding period (1/2020-12/2022)

Information on the current evaluation procedure - CMMC Individual Funding Program

The Individual Project Funding Program (IPFP) supporting individual projects for three years has been a cornerstone of the CMMC funding policy right from the foundation of the Center. The submission of project proposals refers only to members of the Faculty of Medicine and the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences of the University of Cologne working in biomedical research areas. Research proposals that meet the formal criteria qualify for the scientific evaluation process.

The CMMC aims to promote the development of innovative, long term and high-risk research projects in an individual or collaborative setting. To facilitate the integration of a wider range of research groups at the Medical Faculty and the Science Faculty the submitted proposal should fit into one of the three CMMC research areas:

  • Research Area A:
    Mechanisms of tumor development: intrinsic and extrinsic control of cell proliferation and tissue invasion
  • Research Area B:
    Principles of immunity, inflammation and infection
  • Research Area C:
    Molecular mechanisms and metabolic control of tissue degeneration and regeneration

June 18, 2019:
Submission deadline for the research proposals
July - August, 2019:
Internal evaluation procedure
Sept.- Nov. 2019:
External evaluation procedure
Nov. 25 - 26, 2019:
Site Visit of the External Scientific Advisory Board
Nov. 27, 2019:
Announcement of the final funding decision

The number of funded projects as well as the funding amount depends on the overall number of excellent research proposals that receive the final recommendation for funding.

Project funding will range from 70.000 € - 100.000 € per year for personnel and consumables which may be reduced depending on available funding. The use of the funds is flexible and thereby providing the most powerful support for the individual research groups. Research proposals that meet the formal criteria qualify for the scientific evaluation process.

The evaluation of the submitted research proposals integrates an internal and external procedure, that we consider to be instrumental in setting high standards for the CMMC research activities.

Program November 25 - 26, 2019

Eligibility requirements for funding


Dr. Debora Grosskopf-Kroiher
phone: +49 221 478 5552