Submit a research proposal


A research proposal should have the following structure:

  1. Abstract
  2. Introduction (concise review of the state of the art [latest literature] and comparison with interests and activities of applicant[s]) (3 pages or less)
  3. Aim (including a mandatory description of the impact of the proposal on the knowledge and applicability of phospholipids)
  4. Material and Methods
  5. Work Plan
  6. Timelines
  7. Budget
  8. References
  9. Appendix: Short CV of applicant(s)


The proposal should comprise maximally 11 pages (excl. short CV and literature references). Write your text in Arial, 11 pt. as font size, 1.15-spaced line, full justification, 2.5-cm left and right margin, and 2-cm upper and lower margin.
Proposals must fulfill these requirements. Non-compliance will result in rejection of the proposal. The use of the PDF files of the Research Proposal and Interim and Final Report as an example is mandatory.

Individual projects will be funded partially or completely.

The extent and duration of the financial support depends on expected research efforts and the attractiveness of the proposal. Normally, the funding of PhD thesis projects (for 3–4 years) and postdoc projects (for 1–2 years) follows DFG (German Research Foundation) guidelines. The amounts mentioned in these guidelines, about €60,000 p.a. for a PhD student for a three-year project period and about €70,000 p.a. for a postdoc for a one-year project period, should be considered as maximum amounts. Normally, 50–100% of these amounts will be granted. In general, the funding includes salary and consumables. However, additional university overhead costs are not financed. In addition, acquisition of equipment is not financed. The Phospholipid Research Center requests progress reports after achieving mutually agreed milestones (please see the provided PDF templates), which are made available to the Scientific Advisory Council. Payments will be made after the research achievements have been reported, as described in the research proposal. The final and possibly intermediate results should be published in reputable journals with acknowledgment of the support provided by the reference to the Phospholipid Research Center. The Scientific Advisory Council of the Phospholipid Research Center will decide on the awarding of research grants.




Deadlines for the research proposals and resubmissions are every calendar year on: May 31 and November 30. The proposals will be kept confidential.

Please send your application and inquiries as a PDF file by e-mail to: