German Centre for Cardiovascular Research (DZHK)


The German Center for Cardiovascular Research (Deutsches Zentrum für Herz-Kreislaufforschung (DZHK)) combines the efforts of medical schools and non-university institutes to stimulate innovations in cardiovascular research and thus improve public health care. The DZHK was established as an association in December 2011, becoming one of six national research centers.

The overall goal is to tightly integrate basic and clinical research so that the results will reach patients as soon as possible in the form of new therapies, diagnostic tools and measures to prevent cardiovascular diseases.

Three main themes which are particularly important for patients and health systems make up the focus of DZHK research activities:

  • Prevention and therapy of heart attacks
  • Prevention and individualized therapies for heart defects
  • Prevention of sudden cardiac death


Funding of the DZHK

The funding of the DZHK is implemented according to the Helmholtz funding ratio of 90:10 from the Federal Government and the respective states (Länder) where the DZHK partners are located.

Since the financial year 2011, the Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine (MDC) has been authorised to transfer funds from the institutional allocation it has received from the BMBF proportionately to the DZHK partners and the external cooperation partners as final grant recipients for the cooperation under the umbrella of the DZHK.

The transfer of the federal share by the MDC can only be implemented as project funding specified in grant agreements under private law. The payment of the 10% state share is implemented through direct funding by the state governments in the respective states where the DZHK partners are located.

The administrative procedure of transferring the funds is implemented by the team of the Grant Management Office, which carries out its work under the auspices of the administrative director of the MDC.


Funding Management at the MDC

The funding management department as part of the MDC is responsible for the administrative implementation of DZHK-funding.

Funding Management