Call for Proposals

The Paul Ehrlich Foundation annually awards this prize to a young independent postdoctoral scientist working in Germany for outstanding research in the field of life sciences. The Paul Ehrlich & Ludwig Darmstaedter Early Career Award is endowed with € 60,000 to be used for research-related purposes.

Recent award winners and their research topics:
2024Johannes KargesRemote-controlled and targeted activation of cytostatics
2023Leif LudwigA pioneering method for blood stem cell diagnostics
2022Laura HinzePathways of resistance development in cancer cells
2021Elvira MassThe role of macrophages in embryonic development
2020Judith ReichmannControl of reduction division (meiosis)

University professors and directors of research institutions in Germany are eligible to submit nominations. Self-applications will not be considered. Candidates should be under 40 years old at the time of the award ceremony (exceptions according to DFG rules) and not hold a tenured professorship or comparable position. Proposals are requested in English (in a single PDF) and via e-mail no later than Friday, April 26, 2024. The file should include a detailed justification, a list of publications highlighting the three most important papers, these three publications in full length, as well as the candidate's curriculum vitae.

Proposals are to be addressed to the Chairman of the Selection Committee:
Prof. Dr. Robert Tampé, Institute for Biochemistry, Biocenter, Goethe University Frankfurt,
Max-von-Laue-Str. 9, 60438 Frankfurt/M.,

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to a selection symposium in Frankfurt/M. on July 8, 2024. The award winner is nominated by the Scientific Council of the Paul Ehrlich Foundation upon recommendation of the Selection Committee. The award ceremony will take place in the historic Paulskirche, Frankfurt/M., a renowned symbol of Germany's democracy, on March 14, 2025 - coinciding with Paul Ehrlich's birthday.

For more information, please contact:
Sabine Walser, Phone: +49 69 798-17250, Email: