Center for Molecular Medicine Cologne

Call for Applications for the

for members of the University of Cologne

The Center for Molecular Medicine Cologne thanks all applicants for submitting their CAP application by the deadline of April 22, 2022.
We are pleased to inform you that thereview process "CAP Applications 2022" has been initiated.

About the Career Advancement Program

The Career Advancement Program (CAP) is a funding instrument that was established to further promote highly talented mid-career researchers and clinician scientists aiming for a full professorship in academia or equivalent leadership positions at non-university research institutions in the future. The program has been proven to be extremely successful. Since its implementation in 2013, 11 scientists, and currently eight scientists have been supported by the Career Advancement Program. For further information, please visit:

Successful candidates will be awarded with 10.800 € CAP for three years with the possibility of additional two years funding after positive external evaluation in addition to lab space in the CMMC Research Building (if applicable) and mentoring and training options, among others.

  • Regular calls for submission of proposals and evaluation by the CMMC Executive Board.
  • Funding support of 10.800 € for consumables including 800 € travel expenses p.a. for three years plus two years.
  • CMMC membership and participation in all CMMC activities.
  • Extension of the CAP Funding for additional two years after positive external evaluation.
  • If applicable, laboratory and office space will be provided for the specific funding period in the CMMC Research Building.
  • Transferable skills training as well as hands-on mentoring options.
  • Access to the CMMC infrastructure including administrative support
  • For further information, please visit: Career Advancement Program
  • A strong interest in disease-oriented research is expected with a focus on molecular mechanisms in the three research areas of the CMMC.
  • Eligible candidats have to be members of the University of Cologne also including scientists employed via third party funding and do not hold a professorship (W1/W2/W3 professorship, “Stiftungs- und außerplanmäßige Professur”).
  • The candidate has to demonstrate that he/she is on a way of developing a successful career in the field of innovative molecular biomedical research and is not older than 40 years at the time of submitting the application.
  • Extramural funding is required: running project funded by the DFG including CRC projects, the German Cancer Aid or ERC funding at the time of submission. Intramural funding is not considered. Junior Research Groups funded by the CMMC or other intramural sources are excluded.
  • The submission of a subsequent CAP application is not possible; the maximum CAP funding period is 3 years plus additional 2 years after a positive external evaluation of the CAP progress report.

If you have further questions, please contact:

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



The next call for the submission of applications for the CAP Program will take place in erlay 2023.

Deadline for the submission of CAP-Applications