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Candy Heberlein research prize – Call for applications

The Swiss foundation for the promotion of bone marrow transplants (SFK) will be awarding its SFK research prize once again in 2018.

The total amount of the prize, which can be awarded to one or more research projects, is CHF 50,000. For 24 years, the SFK has been promoting the concept of bone marrow transplants in Switzerland and supporting actual transplants on a not-for-profit basis.

The research award is funded by donations to the SFK, and is intended to enable scientists to initiate a research project addressing any phase of stem cell transplantation and survivorship. In accordance with the foundation’s aims, research projects into rare diseases are also supported. The research prize is intended to encourage scientific ideas and help increase the number of donors and improve donor selection. Psychosocial projects that address the way donors or recipients deal psychologically with stem cell donations can also be promoted. The criteria by which award recipients are selected are scientific excellence, interdisciplinarity, and relevance of the project to stem cell transplantation and for the affected patients and donors.

The SFK research council selects one or more recipients for the award. It may choose to not award the prize at all, or to only award part of the total amount, if it feels that none of the submitted projects is deserving or that the number of high-quality projects is insufficient. The decision of the research council is final.


Applications are welcomed from individuals or groups. At least one applicant must work at a Swiss research facility. Full applications (description of project, list of publications and CV) should be e-mailed to by 31 August 2018.

The SFK research prize was first awarded in 2014. This year’s recipient will be presented at the SAKK’s semi-annual meeting on 22 November 2018 at Hotel Marriott in Zurich.

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