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Köln Fortune

With the establishment of the Köln Fortune Programme in 1996, the Faculty of Medicine has created an important instrument for the targeted promotion of high-quality and competitive research projects. The Köln Fortune Programme is primarily focused on the promotion of innovative contributions of younger scientific staff members in the sense of a "start-up aid" to increase the chances of success for formal funding by the DFG or comparable institutions.

The research funding programme supports three target groups:

  • Young academics: Young staff with a doctorate who are given the opportunity to deal more intensively with scientific issues. As a rule, the funding serves to prepare the ground for successful external third-party funding at the DFG, Federal Ministry of Education and Research or comparable institutions.
  • Successfully peer-reviewed third-party funding projects: Applicants who have already successfully obtained third-party funding and who, for example, do not have essential equipment that the DFG has included in the basic funding, or who would like to broaden their scope of research.
  • Interdisciplinary cooperation: Financing of working groups that are already working successfully in scientific research and whose cooperation contributes to the emergence of highly competitive research priorities.

The Köln Fortune Programme has proven its worth as an instrument for securing and optimising research performance. It is currently endowed with EUR 3.8 million per year. An internal research advisory board has been set up for the purpose of reviewing the programme, which draws on external expertise as required.

Köln Fortune - The Research Promotion Program

You can obtain advice by phone from 09.00 to 17.00 under the following numbers:

  • +49 221 478-89056: Ms. Klose (Office)
  • +49 221 478-5617: PD Dr. Hensler (Scientific Coordinator); currently represented by Dr. Aszyk
  • +49 221 478-3560: Fax

The Scientific Coordinator will be pleased to advise you personally (best by appointment) on all questions concerning application.

How to find us

The Köln Fortune staff is based at the

Dean’s Office (Building 42, Forum)
Ground floor, rooms 007-009 (& 025)
Joseph-Stelzmann-Str. 20
50931 Cologne

The Research Advisory Board

The Research Advisory Board consists of 12 habilitated members of diverse institutions of medicine at Cologne University, thus representing the entire spectrum of medical research.
The Board is chaired by Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Krone; its members are themselves active scientists with longstanding experience in the assessment of research projects and the raising of third-party funds.
Members of the Research Advisory Board:

  • Prof. Dr. T. Benzing (Klinik II, Innere Medizin)
  • Prof. Dr. H. Kashkar (Institut für Mikrobiologie und Medizinische Immunologie)
  • Prof. Dr. W. Krone (Zentrum für Endokrinologie, Diabetologie und Präventivmedizin)
  • PD Dr. S. Grau  (Klinik für Neurochirurgie)
  • Prof. Dr. C. Mauch (Klinik für Dermatologie)
  • Prof. Dr. M. Noack (Klinik für Zahnerhaltung und Parodontologie)
  • Prof. Dr. E. von Stebut-Borschitz  (Klinik für Dermatologie und Venerologie)
  • PD Dr. K. Mehler (Klinik für Kinder- und Jugendmedizin)
  • Prof. Dr. S. Rosenkranz (Klinik III, Innere Medizin)
  • PD Dr. A. Goertz-Dorten (Klinik für Kinder- und Jugendpsychiatrie)
  • Prof. Dr. Schroeter (Klinik für Neurologie)
  • Prof. Dr. Stippel (Klinik für Allgemein-, Viszeral- und Tumorchirurgie)
(updated: Nov 2017)

Köln Fortune Sitzungstermine 2020

Der Forschungsbeirat trifft sich auch im Jahr 2020 wieder an 5 Sitzungsterminen. Anträge, die ca. 3 Wochen vor dem jeweiligen Sitzungstermin in der Geschäftsstelle vorliegen, kommen auf die Tagesordnung. Ich darf Sie bereits jetzt bitten sich folgende Sitzungstermine für das Jahr 2020 verbindlich vorzumerken. Falls Sie einzelne Termine nicht wahrnehmen können, informieren Sie bitte im Interesse aller rechtzeitig unser Forschungsdekanat.


Mittwoch, 22.01.2020

Mittwoch, 12.02.2020, 14 Uhr

Mittwoch, 01.04.2020

Mittwoch, 22.04.2020, 14 Uhr

Mittwoch, 03.06.2020

Mittwoch, 24.06.2020, 14 Uhr

Mittwoch, 26.08.2020

Mittwoch, 16.09.2020, 14 Uhr

Mittwoch, 11.11.2020

Mittwoch, 02.12.2020, 14 Uhr