Upcoming grant period 2026/2027
Applications for the grant period 2026/2027 will open in spring 2025.
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:
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.
In 2023, the "Filling the Gap" call for proposals was successfully held for the sixth time.
Of the 39 new applications submitted, 16 are being funded, 14 of them women. Of the 10 renewal applications submitted, 9 are being funded, 8 of them women physicians.
New grants 2024-2025 (PDF, 151 KB) Extended grants 2024 (PDF, 135 KB)
Congratulations to the newly funded and renewed Clinician Scientists and best wishes for success and momentum in their respective research projects!
The evaluation is based on the academic potential of the applicant:
The evaluation of the applications is carried out by means of a two-step procedure:
The evaluation committee decides on behalf of the Faculty Board which applicants will be funded.
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)
Some excellent research projects in the field of internal medicine are funded by the Walter and Gertrud Siegenthaler Foundation.
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.