Mechtild Harf Research Grant


In honor of Mechtild Harf, this program is intended to provide research grants to promising and developing researchers to advance the understanding of complications and therapeutic strategies in context of hematopoietic cell transplantation and/or cellular therapies for hematologic malignancies. The program is funded by the DKMS Foundation for Giving Life and administered by the DKMS gGmbH.

The submission period for 2020 is now open!

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Description of the Grant


The Mechtild Harf Research Program provides four grants consisting of a maximum of € 240,000 made available over a period of three years (maximum € 80,000 annually), subject to adequate progress of the research. Each funding period runs from July 1st to June 30th. Grant awardees will be selected from among the eligible applications.

The research proposal must address issues of hematopoietic transplantation and/or cell therapies for hematologic malignancies. These studies can range from cellular to pre-clinical animal models to human studies including co-funded clinical trials.

Qualifications of the Applicant/Principal Investigator

Applicants must have a doctoral degree (M.D., Ph.D., or equivalent) in a field pertinent to the award within the past eight years. Applicants do not have to hold a faculty position and can be in training (Fellows, Postdoctoral Fellows and Junior Faculty). Applicants from all countries are invited to submit an application.


Selected Projects 2019

The DKMS Foundation for Giving Life is supporting international blood cancer research with four new research grants with a combined value of €1 million. The DKMS Mechtild Harf Research Grants 2019 have been awarded to four physicians and young scientists – two from Germany and two from the US – to support their promising scientific research projects in the field of stem cell transplantation. All four focus on improving cell therapies and reducing the complications that still arise after transplantations. Funding is provided for a period of three years. Project summaries of all four can be downloaded below.

Mechtild Harf Research Grant 2019

Left: Dr. Kate Ann Markey, MBBS, PhD
Right: Dr. May Daher

Project Summary Kate An Marley
Project Summary May Daher

Mechtild Harf Research Grant 2019

Left: Dr. Katarina Riesner
Right: Dr. Natalie Köhler

Project Summary Katarina Riesner
Project Summary Natalie Köhler

The submission period for 2020 is now open!

Applications must be submitted by midnight (12am CET) on the 8th of January 2020.
Please download here the application documents:

1. MHRG Application Instructions
2. MHRG Cover Sheet
3. MHRG Budget Template
4. MHRG Declaration of Agreement
5. MHRG Funding Eligibility Criteria for the host institution
6. MHRG Funding Guidelines

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