Discovery & Development

The primary objective of this program is to address excellent hypotheses on basic biological mechanisms of tumorigenesis, progression, diagnosis, and therapy. For example, the proposed projects elucidate the molecular mechanisms of applied or new therapies, define potential target structures in tumors, identify oncogenic mutations, or serve model and method development to expand the repertoire of diagnostic assays, innovative technologies, and preclinical models. In the medium to long term, these projects can lead to a disease-specific clinical translation program.

D&D projects are advertised annually internally and funded by the FCI in the sense of a start-up aid. They should always demonstrate a long-term perspective, which will allow them to attract additional research funding in the future.

Call for proposals – D&D funding 2020

We are pleased to announce this year´s Call for the Discovery & Development Program of the Frankfurt Cancer Institute.

Scientists with an affiliation of the FCI partner sites are invited to submit research proposals for funding with a focus on:


  • excellent and innovative hypothesis-driven projects addressing molecular mechanisms of all aspects of cancer and
  • excellent and innovative projects dedicated to method development to broaden the repertoire of diagnostic assays and novel tools for the Frankfurt cancer community.

To apply, please request the guidelines and application form:

Deadline for application: September 10th, 2019
Project Start: January 1st, 2020

Recipients D&D funding 2019

  • Canan Arkan
  • Verawan Boonsanay-Michel
  • Christian Buchholz
  • Carmen Döbele
  • Volker Dötsch
  • Henner Farin
  • Emmanouil Fokas
  • Patrick Harter
  • Björn Häupl
  • Mike Heilemann
  • Manuel Kaulich
  • Stefan Knapp
  • Daniela Krause
  • Hind Medyouf
  • Christian Münch
  • Marina Pesic
  • Eva Rettinger
  • Michael Rieger
  • Rajkumar Savai
  • Constanze Schneider
  • Frank Schnütgen
  • Lisa Sevenich
  • Evelyn Ullrich
  • Thomas Vogl
  • Andreas Weigert
  • Winfried Wels