Center for Molecular Medicine Cologne

Call for Applications for the Career Advancement Program (CAP)

The CMMC is looking forward to receive applications from highly talented mid-career scientists, specifically from female scientists, who are members of the Medical Faculty and Science Faculty at the University of Cologne and whose scientific profiles meet the CAP requirements to submit applications for the Career Advancement Program (CAP).

The CMMC´s Career Advancement Program (CAP) is a funding instrument that was established to further promote highly talented mid-career scientists to obtain preferentially a W2/W3 professorship in academia or high quality leadership positions at non-university research institutions and organizations in the future. This program has been proven to be extremely successful. Currently eight project leaders are supported by the Career Advancement Program. For further information, please visit: 

The CMMC is particularly interested in promoting specifically mid-career female scientists. Research proposals that meet the formal criteria and fit into one of the three research areas of the CMMC qualify for the scientific evaluation process performed by the members of the Executive Board of the CMMC.
A) Mechanisms of tumor development: intrinsic and extrinsic control of cellproliferation and tissue invasion
B)  Principles of immunity, inflammation and infection
C) Molecular mechanisms and metabolic control of tissue degeneration and regeneration

The CMMC Executive Board is looking forward to receive applications from scientists who are members of the Medical Faculty or Science Faculty, who do not hold a professorship and are not integrated in a tenure track program, who are no older than 42 years at the time of submitting the applications but currently developing their own successful career with innovative biomedical research projects and at least one running DFG, ERC or Krebshilfe grant (see CAP Eligibility and Evaluation Criteria). The CMMC is looking forward to receive CAP applications to specifically promote mid-career female scientists.

CAP-Funding: Eligibility and Evaluation Criteria

General information about the CAP program including the eligibility requirements for funding, the criteria in the evaluation process and the funding support are summarized here.

CAP Application Template

For applying, please use the CAP Application Template 

and send your CAP application (PDF and word-document) by e-mail to cmmc-office[at]

The submission deadline is January 04, 2021.


If you have further questions, please contact:

Dr. Debora Grosskopf-Kroiher (CMMC Scientific Coordinator)
debora.grosskopf-kroiher[at]  I   0221 478 5552