John Hansen Research Grant


In honor of John Hansen, this grant is intended to provide funding support 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 grant is funded by the DKMS Stiftung Leben Spenden (Foundation for Giving Life) and administered by the DKMS gGmbH.

Mechtild Harf Research Grant becomes John Hansen Research Grant

John Hansen Protrait

Out of appreciation and gratitude the DKMS Stiftung Leben Spenden renamed its research program, with which it promotes highly talented junior scientists every year: The Mechtild Harf Research Grant is now called the John Hansen Research Grant.

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Description of the Grant


The John Hansen Research Grant provides four grants consists of a maximum of € 240,000 ($ 270,000) made available over a period of three years (maximum € 80,000 annually; $ 90,000), subject to adequate progress of the research. Each funding period runs from July 1st to June 30th. Up to four grant awardees will be selected from among the eligible applications.

The research proposal must address issues on blood cancer and hematopoietic transplantation. Various aspects may be covered including but not restricted to transplant immunology, stem cell donation, cell manufacturing, diagnostic and therapeutic strategies.”

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 Stiftung Leben Spenden (Foundation for Giving Life) is supporting international blood cancer research with four new research grants with a combined value of €1 million. The 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.

Awardees 2019

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

Project Summary Kate An Marley
Project Summary May Daher

Awardees 2019

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

Project Summary Katarina Riesner
Project Summary Natalie Köhler

The submission period for 2020 is closed!