In its six application procedures EKFS supports physicians who want to link research and medical-centre clinics synergetically in the course of their careers (so-called Clinician Scientists), young, up-and-coming scientists who work in the field of medicine, and research scientists who want to carry out key projects whose success would lead to breakthroughs in the diagnosis and therapy of diseases.

With the Else Kröner-Fresenius-Zentrum für Ernährungsmedizin (Center for Nutritional Medicine) in Munich, the foundation furthermore supports an institute that addresses dietary and nutritional issues in medicine on a sustainable basis. As for the Else Kröner-Fresenius Center for Digital Health the EKFS wants to additionally establish a reform model for German university medicine.

In the area of “Translatorik” (‘Translational Research’), promising application-oriented research projects are being funded which are intended to close the gap between fundamental research in medicine/natural sciences and its application in everyday activities at clinics.