The IZKF activities can be divided into research grants (advanced projects, junior projects, junior research groups), other career development programmes (MD-thesis scholarships, laboratory rotations, Graduate School) as well as core facilities and supporting activities. Advanced and junior projects, junior research groups, core facilities, MD-thesis scholarships and laboratory rotations are periodically requested for proposal within the Faculty of Medicine.
The IZKF is a central structure of research development of the Faculty of Medicine, but not the only one. Besides the IZKF two further programmes for intramural project funding of (young) scientists exist: the ELAN programme and the Johannes und Frieda Marohn-Foundation. IZKF and ELAN work closely together.