EMBO Installation Grants support eight early-career scientists to establish independent laboratories



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Heidelberg, 12 January 2021- EMBO is pleased to announce the award of Installation Grants to eight scientists in the early stages of setting up their independent laboratories in Lithuania, Poland, Portugal and Turkey.

“We are delighted to welcome to the EMBO community these eight scientists who carry out outstanding research,” says EMBO Director Maria Leptin. “EMBO is committed to fostering excellence in the life sciences across all of Europe, and beyond. The EMBO Installation Grant programme is an instrument to encourage scientists to move or return to the countries participating in it.”

The new EMBO Installation Grantees receive 50,000 euros annually for three to five years, and can apply for additional grants of up to 10,000 euros per year. They become part of the EMBO Young Investigator Network, which consists of Young Investigators, Global Investigators and Installation Grantees. The grantees also benefit from mentoring by an EMBO Member, grants for travelling to meetings and for organizing conferences, training courses, such as EMBO Lab Leadership courses, as well as access to core facilities at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) in Heidelberg, Germany.

EMBO Installation Grants support early-career scientists who are in the process of establishing their laboratories. The Installation Grants are funded primarily by the host countries with the aim of strengthening the life sciences there. They help to attract excellent group leaders to countries that can face difficulties when competing with other countries and their well-funded research institutes. To encourage international mobility, applicants must have spent at least two consecutive years outside the country in which they plan to set up their laboratory.

The 2020 grantees will establish one laboratory in Lithuania, three in Poland, two in Portugal and two in Turkey. The grants are supported by the Research Council of Lithuania, the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of Poland, the Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia of Portugal and the Scientific and Technological Research Council (TÜBITAK) of Turkey. Since 2006, EMBO Installation grants have supported 120 group leaders.

The next application deadline for EMBO Installation Grants is 15 April 2021. More information is available at: https://www.embo.org/funding-awards/installation-grants

EMBO Installation Grantee Research project Host institute

Algirdas Toleikis Single-molecule force studies on Cas3 helicase motor involved in CRISPR Vilnius, Vilnius University, LT

Elias Barriga Bioelectrical control of directed collective cell migration in vivo Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência, Oeiras, PT

Kinga Kamieniarz-Gdula Role of premature transcription termination in human gene expression regulation Adam Mickiewicz University, Pozna?, PL

Michal Wandel Intracellular mechanisms of anti-microbial immunity The Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, PL

Onur Oztas Plant adaptation to cope with environmental stress Koc University, Istanbul, TR

Piotr Gerlach Mechanism of the bunyaviral transcription-translation coupling The Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, PL

Ricardo Henriques Unveiling live-cell viral replication at the nanoscale Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência, Oeiras, PT

Serkan Belkaya Human genetic and immunopathological mechanisms of hepatic injury Bilkent University, Ankara, TR


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