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Faculty of Medicine Junior Staff Development and Equal Opportunity

Filling the Gap

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 Clinician 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.

New applications are open between April 3, 2023 and May 31, 2023.
Applications for renewal are open between June 1, 2023 and August 15, 2023.

 Link to application tool Medtool

For further information on the process and requirements (required documentation), please refer to these instructions (PDF, 122 KB).

Save the Dates:

Interviews during the evaluation process will be held on October 10, 17 and 19 between 8:15am-12:30pm. The selected applicants will receive an invitation to the interview a few days before and can select a time slot via Doodle on one of the above mentioned dates. The interviews will last 15 minutes. Please save these dates and reserve some time.



University of Zurich
Faculty of Medicine
Dean's Office
Pestalozzistrasse 3
CH-8032 Zürich

Academic Program Management

Prof. Dr. med. Bea Latal
Department of Developmental Pediatrics, Children's Hospital Zurich

Program Coordination

Dr. phil. Diana Baumgarten
Head of Junior Staff Development and Equal Opportunity
Office days: Mon, Wed-Fri


Hanna Janssen
Junior Staff Development and Equal Opportunity
Office days: Mon, Wed, Thu

Evaluation committee

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 2023 (PDF, 23 KB)

Goals and Description

Filling the Gap is a career development program that supports talented and motivated Clinician Scientists for a period of 2 years. Filling the Gap enables physicians and dentists to advance their research, and thus specifically fosters their academic career.

The program is built on 3 pillars:

  • Planning: Career planning together with clinic management
  • Encouraging: Appointing a mentor to guide the academic career path
  • Support: Protected research time of 20% to 50% of the full employment, paid by the University of Zurich.

Filling the Gap is based on the University of Zurich's Equal Opportunity Action Plan 2013-2016. The program aims to increase the number of female professors and women in academic governing bodies. Therefore, the share of women among the grantees will be at least 50% per call. Filling the Gap particularly funds protected research time for clinician scientists, who conduct basic, clinical and/or data-driven research and have limited opportunities for research due to their professional situation and/or care obligations, thereby supporting their academic career.

Eligibility Criteria

  1. Eligible to apply are clinically active physicians, dentists and chiropractors with employment at
    • one of the University Hospitals
    • a partner hospital of the UZH List of hospitals
    • the Center for Dental Medicine
    • a clinic or institute of the UZH with clinical activities  List of clinics
  2. Applicants must have a doctoral degree (dissertation and / or MD-PhD).
  3. 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).
  4. 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.

Evaluation Criteria

The evaluation is based on the academic potential of the applicant:

  1. Qualification of the applicant
  2. Quality of the research project
  3. Suitability of the applicant for Filling the Gap

Review Process

The evaluation of the applications is carried out by means of a two-step procedure:

  1. The applications are evaluated by external experts as well as by the evaluation committee of Filling the Gap.
  2. 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.

Siegenthaler Fellowship

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.