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Current Grant Period 2022-2023
In 2021, the "Filling the Gap" call for proposals was successfully held for the fifth time.
Of the 46 new applications submitted, 19 are being funded, 17 of them women. Of the 13 renewal applications submitted, 11 are being funded, 10 of them women physicians.New grants 2022-2023 Extended grants 2020-2021
New Grants 2022-2023
in alphabetic order
- Dr. med. Denise Becker, USZ, Department of Neurology
- Dr. med. Inga Besmens, USZ, Department of Plastic Surgery and Hand Surgery
- Dr. med. Alessia Callegari, Kinderspital, Cardiology
- PD Dr. med. Claudia Cavelti-Weder, USZ, Department of Endocrinology, Diabetology and Clinical Nutrition
- Dr. Dr. med. Muriel Elhai, USZ, Department of Rheumatology
- Dr. med. Sabine Franckenberg, UZH, Institute of Forensic Medicine
- Dr. sc. Epameinondas Gousopoulos, USZ, Department of Plastic Surgery and Hand Surgery
- Dr. med. Lisanne Grünherz, USZ, Department of Plastic Surgery and Hand Surgery
- Dr. med. Carole Guillet, USZ, Department of Dermatology
- Dr. med. Nina Lenherr-Taube, Kinderspital, Pediatric Endocrinology / Diabetology
- Dr. med. dent. Liza Lima Ramenzoni, PhD, ZZM, Clinic for Dental Preservation and Preventive Dentistry
- Dr. med. Eileen Neumann (Wehmann), USZ, Department of Neurology
- Dr. sc. nat. Miro Emanuel Räber, USZ, Department of Immunology
- Dr. med. Lisa Ruby, USZ, Institute for Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology
- Dr. med. Sabine Schmid, KSSG, Department of Medical Oncology and Haematology Clinic
- Dr. med. Christina Schröder, KSW, Department of Radiation Oncology
- Dr. med. Soleen Stocker, USZ, Institute for Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology
- Dr. med. Ladina Vonzun, USZ, Department of Obstetrics
- Dr. med. Ayla Yalamanoglu, USZ, Klinik für Immunologie
Extended Grants 2022
in alphabetic order
- PD Dr. med. Mayss Al-Sheikh, USZ, Department of Ophthalmology
- Dr. med. Sena Blümel, USZ, Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology
- Dr. med. Dr. sc. nat. Patrick Forny, Kinderspital, Metabolic disorders
- Dr. med. Beate Grass, Kinderspital, Intensive Care & Neonatology
- PD Dr. med. Caroline Hertler, USZ, Department of Radiation Oncology, Palliative Care Center
- Dr. med. Marisa Kälin, USZ, Department of Infectious Diseases and Hospital Epidemiology
- Dr. med. Dr. sc. nat. Veronika Kana, USZ, Department of Neurology
- Dr. med. Dr. sc. nat. Barbara Meier-Schiesser, USZ, Department of Dermatology
- Dr. med. Katharina Seystahl, USZ, Department of Neurology
- Dr. med. Dr. sc. nat. Bettina Sobottka-Brillout, USZ, Institut für Pathologie und Molekularpathologie
- Dr. med. Janine Thomann, USZ, Department of Neonatology
Congratulations to the newly funded and renewed Physician Scientists and best wishes for success and momentum in their respective research projects!
Upcoming Grant Period 2024-2025
The next grant period will start on January 1, 2024.
Applications are expected to be possible from spring 2023.
Further information will be posted here in good time.
University of Zurich
Faculty of Medicine
Academic Program Management
Prof. Dr. med. Bea Latal
Department of Developmental Pediatrics, Children's Hospital Zurich
Dr. phil. Diana Baumgarten
Head of Equal Opportunity and Junior Staff Development
Office days: Mon, Wed-Fri
Equal Opportunity and Junior Staff Development
Office days: Mon, Wed, Thu
The Evaluation Committee consists of representatives of the Faculty of Medicine and its partner institutions and is responsible for the evaluation of grant applications. The members are appointed for a period of two years. Composition of the Evaluation Committee 2021 (PDF, 148 KB)
Scope and Structure
Filling the Gap is a recurring career development program with a duration of two years each. It is aimed at talented "Physician Scientists" and enables them to advance their research, which is essential for the university careers of physicians and dentists.
The program is built on 3 pillars:
- Plan: career planning together with clinic management.
- Encourage: appointing a mentor to guide your career path
- Support: paid protected research time of 20% to 50% per year.
Filling the Gap is based on the University of Zurich's qual Opportunity Action Plan 2013-2016. First concern is to increase the number of female professors and women in academic governing bodies.
Second concern is to fund protected research time for female and male physicians who conduct basic clinical and data-driven research and have limited opportunities for research due to their professional and/or family situation, thereby supporting an academic career.
- Eligible to apply are clinically active physicians, dentists and chiropractors with employment at
- Applicants must have a doctoral degree (dissertation and / or MD-PhD).
- Applicants are clinically active at the time of application (at least 50% of the total workload) and remain clinically active during the grant period (at least 20% absolute).
- If applicants already have Protected Research Time from another institution or program, the maximum amount of Protected Research Time that will be considered by Filling the Gap is such that the individual will not have more than 50% Protected Research Time during the grant period.
The evaluation is based on the academic potential of the applicant:
- Qualification of the applicant
- Quality of the research project
- Suitability of the applicant for Filling the Gap
The evaluation of the applications is carried out by means of a two-step procedure:
- The applications are evaluated by external experts as well as by the evaluation committee of Filling the Gap.
- Selected applicants are then invited to an interview, where they present their project to the evaluation committee and answer their questions.
The evaluation committee decides on behalf of the Faculty Board which applicants will be funded.
Some excellent research projects in the field of internal medicine are funded by the Walter and Gertrud Siegenthaler Foundation.
Long-term Study IZFG
It is of great concern to the program management to support the university careers of female and male physicians with the "Filling the Gap" program. In order to evaluate whether the goals set are being achieved, an external evaluation was commissioned from the ICFG (Interdisciplinary Centre for Gender Studies) at the University of Bern to conduct the surveys and evaluate their results.
Here (PDF, 413 KB)you have the opportunity to see the current evaluation of Filling the Gap at a glance.
These regulations (PDF, 104 KB) govern the career development program "Filling the Gap" offered by the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Zurich.