Mechtild Harf Research Grants

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.

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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.



The research projects of Frederik Damm and Hendrik Poeck were selected to receive the Mechtild Harf Research Grant in 2017, with funding starting from July 1. Frederik Damm is Research Group Leader in the Department of Hematology, Oncology and Tumor Immunology at Charité – University Hospital Berlin. Hendrik Poeck is Research Group Leader and Clinical Fellow in the Department of Hematology and Oncology at the Technical University of Munich. Project summaries from both can be downloaded below.

Mechtild Harf Science Award 2017

Project Summary - Frederik Damm

Project Summary - Hendrik Poeck


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