C3Z Precision Oncology Funding Program

CCCZ strives for excellence in cancer research and cancer medicine, tight collaborations between scientists and physicians, and professional education in oncology. Our mission is to provide excellence in cancer medicine and implement innovative research programs towards precision oncology.

The C3Z Precision Oncology Funding Program aims to foster outstanding translational cancer research projects. The proposed research must:

  • Meet the mission of CCCZ as a Comprehensive Cancer Center of Excellence.
  • Encompass innovative translation of scientific findings into clinical practice. Patients must rapidly benefit from new scientific progress.
  • Address a clinical need.
  • Aim to strengthen the research interface at CCCZ connecting the basic research environment with oncological patient care. Preferentially, projects must invest into the building of interdisciplinary infrastructure, workflows and expertise, meeting international cutting-edge profile, as demonstrated by high-impact publication and strong leadership.
  • Aim to combine innovative clinical oncology, research and technologies to develop novel diagnostic and therapeutic concepts towards precision oncology.
  • Aim to serve as a basis for subsequent additional acquisition of funding.

The C3Z Precision Oncology Funding Program aims to promote exceptional talents in oncology by:

  • Supporting outstanding scientists and clinician scientists to coordinate collaborative translational cancer research projects in laboratories and clinical departments of CCCZ.
  • Integrating fellows into the laboratories, meetings and communications of the Zurich cancer research community.
  • Offering mentoring and career development by CCCZ principal investigators and structured mentoring programs of the UZH, USZ and Medical Faculty Zurich.


We invite you to be part of an innovative, interdisciplinary research team helping to make breakthrough discoveries in basic, translational and clinical cancer research for the treatment of cancer.

Application and Submission

  • Research projects must be interdisciplinary involving at least one basic scientist and one clinician scientist from CCCZ research groups and clinical departments.
  • The team must not exceed four Principal Investigators (PIs).
  • Please define one lead PI. The lead PI must be a CCCZ research group leader. See A-Z list.
  • Further PIs must be CCCZ members. Please click here to find an overview of current CCCZ members. Exception: The CCCZ funding program aims to foster career development of early-career scientists. Max. 1 PI can be an early-career scientist.
  • Balance and equal opportunities between women and men is strongly encouraged when building the research team who will implement the project.
  • PIs must not participate in more than one application. However, PIs might function as collaborators to provide selected services/technologies.
  • PIs must state, if a proposal for the project has been submitted to or is funded by another funding body.
  • Projects involving tumor sample processing are encouraged to make use of the C3Z Sample Processing Lab



Within the frame of the call two projects will be funded with a total sum of CHF 2 Mio. each from 2023-2026. Earliest start for project funding is 1.7.2023. All funds must be spent by 31.12.2026. Each grant encompasses funding for:

  • Two C3Z Fellows: Funding will be provided for the salary for two postdoctoral or clinician scientists (2x 1.0 FTE) for 3.5 years. The salary encompasses up to CHF 110K (category 1803, 94.941 CHF plus 15% employer`s costs) per year. If necessary, applying departments are expected to top up the salary for a complete physician’s salary. Please note that fellows must be employed at the UZH or University Hospitals. The appointed fellows cannot have worked with one of the applicants for more than 3 years at the time of application.
  • Consumables/Technologies: Funding of up-to CHF 1.23 Mio. (2023-2026) will be provided to finance consumables/service fees for e.g. high-throughput technologies, medical bioinformatics and clinical oncology.


Timelines and Evaluation Procedures

  • 16.12.2022 – Call for projects
  • 15.02.2023 – Submission Deadline
  • 02/03.2023: Evaluation of all proposals by a panel of external reviewers
  • 1.4.2023: Communication of evaluation results to all applying PIs
  • 1.7.2023: Start Project Funding


Application and Submission

  • Submission deadline: 15.02.2023
  • Please generate one PDF document of all application files in the following order:
  • Completed application form; max. length: 5 pages (excluding title page, summary page, budget plan and references); font: Calibri Light 10 pt; line spacing: 1.15
  • CVs of all PIs (max. 2 pages each)
  • CVs of fellows. We recommend that suitable fellows are already identified by the time of the application.
  • Please submit the application files to maja.zenz@uzh.ch


Maja Zenz
Director Management, CCCZ

Tel. +41 44 635 37 24