Project funding & research rotations

Developing your own project ideas and acquiring funding for them is a crucial step in a scientific career. In our research network, doctoral researchers can independently develop and manage their own first pilot projects. Postdocs have the opportunity to apply for start-up projects, thus potentially paving the way to a project leadership role in our research network’s future funding periods. Moreover, we support physicians – before, during or after their residency training – to flexibly combine their clinical activities with research. Part of the application is a short project presentation that allows all applicants to present their ideas to our committees in person.

  • Pilot projects – for doctoral researchers within our IRTG

    One example: Biology PhD student Mathis Richter has acquired funding for a pilot project. “It was a cool experience for me to carefully plan what I wanted to do in the project and with what goals – I noticed how the idea came to maturity while I was writing the proposal,” he says. He uses multiplex imaging to study how and where certain immune cells (neutrophils) develop in the bone marrow and how this process changes when inflammation is present.
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    Pilot projects enable doctoral researchers from our Integrated Research Training Group to independently develop and implement their own first research projects, including managing their own funding. We support innovative research ideas connected to our multiscale imaging strategy and are happy to receive proposals from individual applicants or teams of several doctoral researchers!

    Application

    Funded projects

    • PI-2022-01 – NEUTROMARROW – Multiplex imaging of neutrophil
      development and maturation in the bone marrow

      Project leader: Mathis Richter (Institute of Experimental Pathology, ZMBE, UKM)
      Project term: 04/2022 - 03/2023
  • Start-up projects – for postdoctoral researchers

    One example: Biologist Dr Samriti Sharma was successful with her proposal for a start-up project. “I learnt about the funding programme for postdocs at the CRC’s retreat and saw many opportunities for cooperation within the network – that’s how the idea for my project was born,” she says. She is using the grant to study how immune cells (neutrophils and macrophages) interact in the defence against bacterial infection and how bacteria (Yersinia pseudotuberculosis) manage to survive.
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    We warmly invite postdocs in the research field of "Dynamics and Imaging of Inflammation and Infection" to apply for funding for their own research ideas, thus potentially paving the way to a project leadership role in our research network’s future funding periods.

    Application

    Funded projects

    • ST-2022-01 – Unravelling the dynamic interplay between neutrophils and
      macrophages following Yersinia pseudotuberculosis infection

      Project leader: Samriti Sharma (Institute of Infectiology, ZMBE, WWU)
      Project term: 04/2022 - 03/2023
  • Flexible research rotations – for clinician scientists

    Active in the clinic and the lab: With the clinician scientist programme, “CareerS”, the University of Münster offers attractive career opportunities to medical professionals who want to both take care of patients and conduct research.
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    Before, during or after residency, and explicitly at the very beginning of a scientific career: we cordially invite physicians interested in the translational research area “Dynamics and Imaging of Inflammation and Infection” to apply for funding for a clinician-scientist rotation. Your questions are very welcome at any time – including outside the schedule of current calls!

    Application

    Funded projects

    • CS-2021-02 – Chemokine receptor CXCR4 in the development of hepatic vascularization and congenital portosystemic venous shunting
      (related to CRC project B04)
      Clinician Scientist: Stefanie Bobe (Gerhard-Domagk Institute of Pathology, UKM & European Institute for Molecular Imaging, WWU)
      Scientific and clinical mentors: Friedemann Kiefer, Eva Wardelmann
      Project term: 01/2022 - 12/2024
    • CS-2021-01: Cellular and metabolic imaging of monocyte dynamics during arthritis in vivo
      (related CRC project C01)
      Clinician Scientist: Nadine Heiden (Department of Nuclear Medicine, UKM & European Institute for Molecular Imaging, WWU)
      Scientific and clinical mentors: Johannes Roth, Michael Schäfers
      Project term: 01/2022 - 12/2024

    • MedK MD project: Untersuchung des Immunzellmetabolismus mittels radioaktiver Substrate
      (related to CRC project C01)
      Medical student: Lea Jansen (European Institute for Molecular Imaging, WWU)
      Mentor: Michael Schäfers
      Project term: 02/2022 - 01/2023