The Cluster of Excellence PMI offers young researchers before and after completing their doctoral degrees excellent starting conditions for an academic career with its exceptionally well-equipped laboratories and inspiring environment. As a new central structure for early career researchers, the Academy of Precision Medicine is being set up with a focus on inflammation. This is to consolidate all measures targeted at young scientists at various stages of their careers, for example, Master’s students, doctoral researchers and postdocs.
The cluster focuses, in particular, on training and supporting clinicians that are also doing scientific research. Within the structured Clinician-Scientist-Program PMI, the specialist medical training is closely interlinked with scientific research.
As part of the Dorothea-Erxleben-program for equality, the cluster offers various funding measures especially for women scientists. In order to promote the excellent research of female scientists in the cluster, the highly endowed Dorothea-Erxleben-Awards for female researchers are announced every three years.
In 2015 Kiel University and the University of Lübeck called for nominations for eight Schleswig-Holstein Excellence Chairs in a joint competition. In the context of the new governance structure “Precision Health Schleswig-Holstein” (PHSH), the aim of this was to retain excellent researchers from both funding phases of the Cluster of Excellence „Inflammation at Interfaces“ at these locations for the long term. The SH Excellence Chairs selected from the first round stood out for their outstanding achievements in inflammation research. They will each receive funding for a maximum period of six years, provided that each Chair appoints an additional young researcher group leader in his/her working group.