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Clinical Research Unit

The Clinical Research Unit on Campus Buch

First Translational Study Call Clinical Research Unit (CRU) at Experimental and Clinical Research Center (ECRC)

We are calling for applications for pilot (proof-of-concept) studies to be conducted in the ECRC-CRU. All MDC, Charité and ECRC scientists are eligible to submit applications. Application deadline is on 1 February 2021.


All MDC, Charité and ECRC basic and clinician scientists are eligible to apply for funding. Projects that make use of the research environment of Campus Berlin-Buch will be prioritized.

Project requirements

The goal of this call is to establish new collaborations between basic and clinician scientists and the ECRC-CRU in order to conduct clinical proof-of-concept studies. A selected project will be supported with up to 50,000 EUR for consumables and will receive full support from the CRU study team (study administration, obtaining ethics approval). Projects may last up to 24 months.

Essential evaluation criteria

  • Novel mechanistic research question
  • Pre-clinical evidence with translational potential
  • Unmet medical need
  • Clinical partner with access to patients to be investigated
  • Clinical study will be conducted in the ECRC-CRU
  • Feasibility of the study

Selection procedure

The ECRC-CRU Board will select 1-2 projects in a three-stage process. Decisions will be made based on scientific merit, support of the translational mission of the ECRC and feasibility of the study. In the first stage, we ask you to submit a short proposal primarily covering translational potential, unmet medical need and aims and objectives for a clinical study. In the second stage, you will be asked to give a five-minute flash talk pitching your idea. This talk will be held virtually in front of the board and all other selected applicants. In the third stage, we will assist you with refining your idea and shaping a feasible study design. Our aim is to conduct this study within 24 months.

Dates and deadlines

1 February 2021 at 5 pm


Dr. Anja Mähler


Application form

Applications should contain the information below and must not exceed four pages
(DIN A4, 11 point Arial, line spacing 1.5).

  • Principal Investigator(s)
  • Co-PI(s)
  • Project title
  • Preliminary work by applicant(s)
  • Translational potential
  • Unmet medical need
  • Aims and objectives for a clinical study
  • References
  • Date and signatures (applicant, group leader)

Please submit your proposals to ecrc-cru@charite.de