Mechtild Harf Research Grant

For the study of hematopoietic stem cell transplantation and cell therapies of hematologic malignancies

This Program, dedicated to the memory of Mechtild Harf, is intended to provide research grants to promising developing investigators to advance the understanding of complications and therapeutic strategies in the context of hematopoietic cell transplantation and/or cellular therapies for hematologic malignancies. The program is funded and administered by DKMS.

Applications can be submitted from October 1st - January 31st.

Description of the Grant


The Mechtild Harf Research Program provides two awards annually with a preference for one application focused on clinical research and one focused on laboratory based research. Grants consist of a maximum of €240,000 support over three years, contingent on adequate progress of the research. Each funding year runs from July 1st to June 30th. Two scholars will be selected from among the eligible applications for the funding period July 1st.

Research Scope

MH-2 300

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.


Applicants must have received a doctoral degree (M.D., Ph.D., or equivalent) in a field pertinent to the award within the past twelve years. Applicants do not have to hold a faculty position and can be in training (Fellows, Postdoctoral Fellows and Junior Faculty). Applicants should have a mentor to oversee the research progress. 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 Ann Markey

Kate Ann Markey

Project Summary May Daher

May Daher

Project Summary Katarina Riesner

Katarina Riesner

Project Summary Natalie Köhler

Natalie Köhler


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

Collaborative Research Grant 2017

Project Summary Effie Petersdorf

The one-time Collaborative Research Grant 2017 was awarded to Dr. Effie W. Petersdorf, Principle Investigator at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, USA. The Collaborative Research Grant aimed to sponsor joint studies addressing unrelated donor selection, in order to improve the outcome of patients who undergo hematopoietic stem cell transplantation.


Applications can be submitted from October 1st - January 31st.
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