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Research Award

Call for applications for the 16th Eva Luise Köhler Research Award for Rare Diseases

About 5 million children, adolescents and adults suffer from one of the up to 8,000 rare diseases known today in Germany alone. More than 30 million people are affected throughout the EU, and 300 million worldwide. Despite their very different diseases, they all have to contend with very similar problems: extremely long diagnostic paths and the inadequate supply of therapies, medications and information often burden those affected and their families for years.

In order to improve medical care for these "orphans of medicine", the Eva Luise and Horst Köhler Foundation in cooperation with ACHSE e. V. has been granting since 2008 The Eva Luise Köhler Research Award for Rare Diseases. The award has become one of the most important awards in this research field.

The awarded money of 50,000 euros serves as start-up funding for innovative projects in the field of basic or clinical research on rare diseases. The funded projects should have a model character. Sustainable, cross-disease and research networking projects are particularly worthy of an award. Applications may be submitted multiple times, even in two consecutive years. Applications from research groups in Germany and abroad are eligible, as long as they are submitted from university or non-university institutes or clinics with a non-profit orientation.

Application documents can be submitted in German or English.

The deadline for applications for the 16th Research Award, which will be presented in Berlin in May 2024, is September 17, 2023.

Contact: Dr. Insa Gülzow, forschungspreis@achse-online.de

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