Research awards

Learn more about the modalities and prize money of the research prizes awarded each year by Society of Virology .

The Chica and Heinz Schaller Foundation Award for Distinguished Achievements in Virology

Recognising outstanding achievements by an individual that contributed exceptionally to the field of virology either in basic or translational research, ideally in both fields, in a national and an international context. Alternatively, scientists who have made sustained and significant steps in the translation of virology into other scientific areas and domains or vice versa may likewise be recognized.

Award Type: Personal Award
Prize Money: 50.000 Euro
Granting Body: Chica and Heinz Schaller Foundation
Other Benefits or Honours: The award involves a one-hour lecture at the 31st Annual Meeting of the Society for Virology, 30 March - 2 April 2022 in Munich.
Research Field: Virology
Eligibility : Candidates should have obtained their PhD, MD or equivalent at least 15 years ago (at the nomination deadline). Candidates must be nominated by fellow scientists (no self-application). The prize is international. Nominations may be put forward by all members of the GfV, the Board of Directors, and the Scientific Advisory Council of the CHS.
Applications must be in English and submitted to the address given below.

Requirements: The following information is required to submit a nomination as email-attachment in one PDF (max. size 10 MB):
- Name and contact details of the scientist making the nomination
- Name and contact details of the candidate
- A brief one-page biography of the candidate including major awards received by the candidate
- A list of 10 most significant publications of the candidate
- Short research summary of the candidate describing scientific achievements of relevance to the award (two pages max)
- Two supporting reference letters by colleagues familiar with the candidate's work
- A complete CV of the candidate, including a full publication list (please do not submit reprints)

Application period: 01. September – 30. November 2021
Submit your application electronically to the following address:
geschaeftsstelle@g-f-v.org 

Contact Details
Name: GfV – Gesellschaft für Virologie e.V.
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Laureates

2022 Prof. Dr. Galit Alter, Harvard Medical School, Camebridge

Loeffler Frosch Medal of the Society of Virology e.V. (GfV)

The Society of Virology (GfV) awards the "Loeffler-Frosch Medal" every year during the annual conference. This medal is intended to honour personalities who have rendered outstanding services to virology in German-speaking countries.

The target group is thus clearly different from that of the Loeffler-Frosch Prize. The award will be presented at the GfV's spring conference. The award winner is to give the Loeffler-Frosch Lecture at the spring conference. Proposals for the award of the medal can be submitted by all members of the GfV. Nominations, including a short justification, should be submitted to the Secretary of the GfV by 15 November of the current year.

Prof. Dr. med. Sandra Ciesek, MHBA
Director of the Institute of Medical Virology
Specialist in Microbiology, Virology and Infectious Disease Epidemiology
Specialist in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology

University Hospital Frankfurt
Paul-Ehrlich-Str. 40
D-60590 Frankfurt

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Laureates
2022  Prof. Dr. Michael Roggendorf, München
2020  Prof. Dr. Helga Rübsamen-Schaeff, Wuppertal-Elberfeld
2019  Prof. Dr. Franz X. Heinz, Wien
2018  Prof. Dr. Otto Haller, Freiburg / Zürich
2017  Prof. Dr. phil. Dr. h. c. Wolfram H. Gerlich, Gießen
2016  Prof. Dr. Ari Helenius, Zürich
2015  Prof. Dr. Hans-Dieter Klenk, Marburg
2014  Prof. Dr. Eckard Wimmer, Stony Brook
2013  Prof. Dr. Walter Doerfler, Erlangen
2012  Prof. Dr. Hans Gelderblom, Seddiner See
2011  Prof. Dr. Gisela Enders, Stuttgart
2010  Prof. Dr. Peter K. Vogt, La Jolla
2009  Prof. Dr. Christoph Scholtissek, Linden
2008  Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Heinz Schaller, Heidelberg
2007  Prof. Dr. med. Dr. h. c. mult. Harald zur Hausen, Heidelberg
2006  Univ. Prof. Dr. med. Christian Kunz, Wien

Loeffler Frosch Prize of the Society of Virology e.V. (GfV)

Every year, the Society of Virology (GfV) awards the "Loeffler Frosch Prize" during the annual conference.

Die Preissumme beträgt 5.000 €
Mit dem Preis sollen Wissenschaftlerinnen und Wissenschaftler ausgezeichnet werden, die Mitglied der Gesellschaft für Virologie sind, in der Regel das 40. Lebensjahr noch nicht vollendet haben (Kinderbetreuungszeiten werden entsprechend der DFG Regularien angerechnet) und noch keine Lebenszeitprofessur inne haben.
Grundlage der Bewertung sollen eine oder mehrere Publikationen sein, die innerhalb der letzten Jahre veröffentlicht wurden oder zur Publikation akzeptiert worden sind. Es soll eine hervorragende virologische Leistung prämiert werden.
Vorschlagsberechtigt sind Hochschullehrer und Abteilungsleiter, die Mitglieder der Gesellschaft für Virologie sind. Die zu honorierende Arbeit wird auf der Herbstsitzung von Vorstand und Beirat ausgewählt.

Die Anträge, bestehend aus Lebenslauf, Publikationsverzeichnis sowie einem Begründungsschreiben (max. 2 Seiten), sollen bis zum 15. November des aktuellen Jahres eingereicht werden bei:

Prof. Dr. med. Sandra Ciesek, MHBA
Director of the Institute of Medical Virology
Specialist in Microbiology, Virology and Infectious Disease Epidemiology
Specialist in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology

University Hospital Frankfurt
Paul-Ehrlich-Str. 40
D-60590 Frankfurt

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Laureates

2022 Dr. Victor Corman, Berlin und Dr. Markus Hoffmann, Göttingen
2020 Dr. Daniel Sauter, Ulm
2019 Dr. Andrea Marzi, Hamilton,Montana und Dr. Steeve Boulant, Heidelberg
2018 Prof. Dr. Benedikt Bertold Kaufer, Berlin
2017 PhD Cesar Muñoz-Fontela, Hamburg
2016 Dr. Andreas Bergthaler, Wien
2015 Dr. Alexander Ploss, Princton
2014 Dr. Mario Schelhaas, Münster
2013 Dr. Andreas Pichlmair, Martinsried
2012 Dr. Adam Grundhoff, Hamburg
2011 Prof. Dr. Veronika von Messling, Quebec
2010 Prof. Dr. Daniel Pinschewer, Genf
2009 Prof. Dr. Jan Münch, Ulm
2008 Priv. Doz. Dr. Oliver Keppler, Heidelberg
2007 Priv. Doz. Dr. Friedmann Weber, Freiburg
2006 Preis wurde nicht vergeben
2005 Dr. Barbara Rehermann, Bethesda
2004 Priv. Doz. Dr. John Ziebuhr, Würzburg
2003 Priv. Doz. Dr. Michael Kann, Gießen
2002 Prof. Dr. Viktor E. Volchkov, Lyon
2001 Priv. Doz. Dr. Ralph Bartenschlager, Mainz
2000 Dr. Gabriele Neumann, Madison
1999 Dr. Martin Messerle, München
1998 Priv. Doz. Dr. Heinz Feldmann, Marburg
1997 Priv. Doz. Dr. Volker Bruss, Göttingen
1996 Priv. Doz. Dr. Wolfgang Hammerschmidt, München
1995 Priv. Doz. Dr. Klaus Conzelmann, Tübingen
1994 Priv. Doz. Dr. Hans-Jürgen Schlicht, Ulm

Postdoctoral Award for Virology of the Robert Koch Foundation e.V.

In cooperation with the German Societies for Hygiene and Microbiology, Immunology and Virology, the Robert Koch Foundation annually awards three postdoctoral prizes for outstanding work to young scientists in these subject areas (microbiology, immunology, virology).

The award is intended to honour scientists who have previously worked particularly successfully as postdoctoral researchers. Each of the three professional societies prepares a shortlist with the names of three young scientists. As a rule, the Robert Koch Foundation accepts the first-named candidates from the nomination list. The award winners are thus, in their view, the best and most original researchers in their age group who have been able to publish their work in the leading interdisciplinary journals.

Vorschlagsberechtigt sind alle Mitglieder der GfV. Der Kandidatenvorschlag (per mail) mit einem kurzen Empfehlungsschreiben sowie Lebenslauf und ausgewählten Publikationen soll bis zum 31. März des laufenden Jahres eingereicht werden bei:

Prof. Dr. Ralf Bartenschlager
Department for Infectious Diseases, Molecular Virology
University of Heidelberg
Im Neuenheimer Feld 344
69120 Heidelberg, Germany

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Laureates

2020 Dr Stephanie Pfänder, Bochum
2019 Dr Henning Grüll, Cologne
2018 Dr Maximilian Münchhoff, Munich
2017 Dr Gisa Gerold, Hanover
2016 Dr Jens Bosse, Hamburg
2015 Dr Meike Dittmann, New York
2014 Dr. Benedikt Bertold Kaufer, Berlin
2013 Dr. Hanna-Mari Baldauf, Frankfurt
2012 Dr. Christine Goffinet, Ulm
2011 Dr. Lars Dölken, Munich
2010 Dr. Michael Schindler, Hamburg
2009 Dr. Michaela Ulrike Gack, USA
2008 Dr Bärbel Kaufmann, West-Lafayette, USA
2007 Dr Melanie Brinkmann, Cambridge, USA
2006 Dr Jan Münch, Ulm
2005 Dr Thomas Pietschmann, Heidelberg
2004 Dr Christian Drosten, Hamburg
2003 Dr Wolfram Brune, Würzburg
2002 Dr Stefan Pöhlmann, USA
2001 Dr Elke Mühlberger, Marburg
2000 Dr Henri-Jacques Delecluse, UK
1999 Dr Matthias Dobbelstein, Marburg
1998 Dr Friedemann Weber, Freiburg

Science Prize "Clinical Virology" of the DVV and the GfV Science Prize "Clinical Virology" of the German Association for Combating Viral Diseases e.V. (DVV) and the Society of Virology e.V. (GfV)

The German Association for Combating Viral Diseases (DVV) and the Society of Virology (GfV) jointly award the science prize "Clinical Virology".

1st prize money

The prize money is € 2,500.

2. research work

The basis of the evaluation should be one or more publications that have been published or accepted for publication in the last two years. The aim is to award a prize for an outstanding scientific achievement that demonstrates significant new findings in the field of clinical virology and is related to public health issues.

3. participant

The prize can be awarded to individual scientists or a group of researchers.

4. application

Members of the DVV as well as university teachers and heads of department who are members of the GfV are entitled to nominate. The boards of the DVV and GfV have formed a selection committee with two representatives each from the DVV and GfV. The work to be awarded will be selected by the selection committee in consultation with the presidents of the two societies.The award will be presented at the annual meeting of the German Association for the Control of Viral Diseases.Applications with a short justification of the proposal (approx. 2 pages) as well as relevant publications, curriculum vitae and list of publications should be submitted electronically or by post (then in six copies) by 31 July of the current year to:

Prof. Dr. Klaus Überla
Universitätsklinikum Erlangen

Korrespondenzadresse
Prof. Dr. Klaus Überla
Virologisches Institut
Klinisches und molekulare Virologie, Universitätsklinikum Erlangen
Schlossgarten 4
91054 Erlangen

Tel.: +49-(0)9131-85-23563

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2019 Dr. med. Corinna Pietsch (Leipzig) and Dr. rer. nat. Nadine Lübke (Düsseldorf)
2018 Prof. Dr. med. Dennis Tappe, Hamburg
2017 Dr. med. Tina Ganzenmüller, Hanover
2016 PD Dr. Lukas Weseslindtner, Vienna
2015 PD Dr. Andi Krumbholz, Kiel; PD Dr. Jürgen Wenzel, Regensburg
2014 PD Dr. Dr. Jonas Schmidt-Chanasit, Hamburg
2013 Prof. Dr. Barbara Schmidt, Regensburg
2012 Prof. Dr. Ulrike Wieland, Cologne
2011 Dr. Boris Klempa, Berlin
2010 Dr. Marcus Panning, Freiburg; Dr. rer. nat. Eike Steinmann, Hanover
2009 PD Dr. rer. nat. Oliver Schildgen, Cologne
2008 PD Dr. Albert Heim, Hanover
2007 Prof. Dr. Andreas Sauerbrei, Jena
2006 Prof. Dr. Stefan Roß, Essen
2005 Prof. Dr. Barbara Gärtner, Homburg
2004 Prof. Dr. Jindrich Cinatl, Frankfurt; Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Preiser, Tygerberg; Prof. Dr. Holger Rabenau, Frankfurt

"DZIF" Doctoral Award of the Society of Virology e.V. (GfV)

The Society of Virology , together with the German Centre for Infection Research, awards an annual prize of € 1,500 for the best doctorate in virological infection research. This prize is presented during the annual conference.

Kriterien:
– Abschluss der Promotion im Vorjahr/laufenden Jahr
– Peer-review Publikation der Ergebnisse aus der Promotion
Bewerbungsschluss: 10. Februar des laufenden Jahres
Bewerbungen durch den Bewerber selbst mit Lebenslauf, Publikationsliste und einem Empfehlungsschreiben an:

Prof. Dr. Ralf Bartenschlager
Department of Molecular Virology
Faculty of Medicine, University of Heidelberg
Im Neuenheimer Feld 344
69120 Heidelberg

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Laureates
2021 Dr. Ulrich Lorenz, Greifswald
2020 Dr. Boris Bogdanow, Berlin
2019 Dr. Manuel Albanese, München
2018 Dr. Etori Aguilar Moreira
2017 Dr. Florian Lempp
2016 Dr. Stephanie Pfänder
2015 Dr. Michaela Gerlach
2014 Dr. Yuchen Xia

PhD Award of the Society of Virology e.V. (GfV)

At its annual spring conference, Society of Virology awards the Bernhard and Ingrid Fleckenstein Foundation PhD Prize, which is endowed with € 5000.

Der Preis soll an einen medizinischen und naturwissenschaftlichen Doktoranden / eine Doktorandin verliehen werden, der / die im Rahmen einer naturwissenschaftlichen oder medizinischen Promotion mit virologischer Thematik an einer Forschungseinrichtung des deutschen Sprachraums eine herausragende Arbeit geleistet hat, die bereits publiziert oder zum Druck akzeptiert ist. Bewerbungen können bis spätestens zum 15. November des aktuellen Jahres eingereicht werden. Zum Zeitpunkt der Bewerbung sollte das Promotionsverfahren noch nicht formal abgeschlossen sein. Der Preis wurde von der Bernhard und Ingrid Fleckenstein-Stiftung eingerichtet und soll es den Preisträgern ermöglichen, sich im Ausland interessante Forschungseinrichtungen für eine Postdoktoranden-Stelle anzusehen.

The following documents in German or English are requested for the application:

(1) Cover letter with a brief outline of the scientific concept of the doctoral project.

(2) Curriculum vitae of the applicant in tabular form

(3) List of publications of the candidate

(4) Copy of one or more selected key publication(s)

(5) Statement by a university teacher, preferably the supervisor of the doctoral thesis

Please send the documents as a uniform PDF file to the secretary of Society of Virology:

Prof. Dr. med. Sandra Ciesek, MHBA
Director of the Institute of Medical Virology
Specialist in Microbiology, Virology and Infectious Disease Epidemiology
Specialist in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology

University Hospital Frankfurt
Paul-Ehrlich-Str. 40
D-60590 Frankfurt

geschaeftsstelle@g-f-v.org 

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2021 Johannes Maximilian Jung
2020 Vancouver Thiprampai Thamamongood, Freiburg
2019 Luca Bertzbach, Berlin
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