The Mildred Scheel Career Center (Mildred-Scheel-Nachwuchszentrum, MSNZ) in Frankfurt is an excellence program for promoting young scientists in cancer research. Since 2019 it is funded by the German Cancer Aid with a total of 10 million euros for five years.
Its mission is to educate a new generation of excellent interdisciplinary cancer researchers through the targeted support of young physicians working in research (clinician scientists) and non-clinical scientists (medical scientists). The Frankfurt Cancer Institute (FCI) and the MSNZ set the framework for Clinician Scientists and Medical Scientists with access to research infrastructure and key technologies. The MSNZ provides continuous career paths with attractive target positions allowing for long-term scientific activity in translational cancer research. The excellence program enables Clinician Scientists to flexibly combine scientific work and clinical training and Medical Scientists to set up their own research groups. In this way, the MSNZ Frankfurt aims to create long-term positions in cancer research that focus on interdisciplinary networks and scientific excellence through a competitive selection and evaluation process.
The MSNZ Frankfurt aims to prepare young investigators for the international academic job market and to opening up excellent prospects for a career in cancer research.