Else Kröner Clinician Scientist Return-To-Work Grant

The aim is to enable an effective reentry and the continuation of a promising career for physicians who are particularly successful in the clinical and research sectors, both women and men, subsequent to a longer family- or supervisory care-related phase by utilizing flexible and individually deployable funding.

For physicians who take a longer time-out for family- or care-related commitments, the decision in favor of parental leave, child care or caring for relatives poses an obstacle to further advancement of their academic careers. Commitments like these are viewed as one of the reasons why, on average, women in Germany reach top academic positions less often. In light of this situation, in 2023 the foundation Else Kröner-Fresenius-Stiftung (EKFS) announced a call for applications for the first time to apply for a flexibly designable reentry program in the field of medicine. The individually deployable funding resources amount to 400,000 euros in each case.

The following research projects are intended to be realized using the funding awarded:

  • PD Dr. Julia Rehnitz, Heidelberg University Hospital, Pregnancy & Gynecology Unit, Dept. of Gynecological Endocrinology and Fertility Disorders
    Project: Ovarian reserve disorders – Analysis of genetic determinants
  • Prof. Dr. Stefanie Schreiber, Dept. of Neurology, Düsseldorf University Hospital and Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf
    Project: New classification systems and biomarkers for cerebral small vessel diseases
  • Prof. Dr. Daniela Weber, Dept. for Internal Medicine III, University Hospital Regensburg
    Project: Development and evaluation of new pathophysiologically relevant scores for predicting acute graft-versus-host disease and survival following allogeneic stem cell transplantation

Further information can be found in the press release. 

You can find the current call for proposal of the Else Kröner Clinician Scientist Return-To-Work Grant 2024 here.