News Release

EMBO Installation Grants support establishment of 7 laboratories across Europe

Grant and Award Announcement


Heidelberg, 18 December 2017 - EMBO announces today seven life scientists as recipients of EMBO Installation Grants. These grants will support the early-career researchers in establishing their independent laboratories in the Czech Republic, Estonia, Poland, Portugal and Turkey.

EMBO Installation Grants are awarded on the basis of scientific excellence and international mobility as the primary selection criteria. Recipients must have spent at least two consecutive years outside the country in which they are planning to establish their research group.

EMBO Director Maria Leptin says: "EMBO stands for excellence in the life sciences across Europe. Through the Installation Grants scheme, we encourage young researchers to return or move to countries that find it difficult to compete with large well-funded centers of research in some of the other European countries. We hope to improve the participating countries' competitiveness in European science by helping talented scientists set up laboratories there."

"We are pleased to welcome these seven talented researchers to the EMBO community, and look forward to supporting them during this challenging step in their career in order to establish scientific excellence across the whole continent," Leptin adds.

Installation Grants are awarded annually. They are funded primarily by the Czech Republic, Estonia, Poland, Portugal and Turkey, the participating Member States of the European Molecular Biology Conference (EMBC), EMBO's intergovernmental funding body.

Each Installation Grantee receives 50,000 euros annually for three to five years from their host country to support the establishment of an independent research group. In addition to financial support, the recipients receive networking opportunities and practical support by becoming part of the EMBO Young Investigator network.

The next application deadline for EMBO Installation Grants is 15 April 2018.

Recipients of the EMBO Installation Grants 2017

  • Bruno Costa-Silva, Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown, Lisbon, Portugal
  • Zuzana Keckesova, Institute of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry of the Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague, The Czech Republic
  • Ayse Koca Caydasi, Koc University, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Elin Org, Estonian Genome Centre, University of Tartu, Estonia
  • Wojciech Pokrzywa, International Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology, Warsaw, Poland
  • Arto Pulk, University or Tartu, Tartu, Estonia
  • Agata Starosta, Marie Curie-Sklodowska University, Lublin, Poland

Selected statistics

  • EMBO has supported 94 group leaders through Installation Grants since 2006
  • The 2017 grantees will establish two laboratories each in Poland and Estonia, and one each in the Czech Republic, Portugal an Turkey
  • The 2017 Installation Grantees include four women and three men


About EMBO

EMBO is an organization of more than 1700 leading researchers that promotes excellence in the life sciences. The major goals of the organization are to support talented researchers at all stages of their careers, stimulate the exchange of scientific information, and help build a European research environment where scientists can achieve their best work.

EMBO helps young scientists to advance their research, promote their international reputations and ensure their mobility. Courses, workshops, conferences and scientific journals disseminate the latest research and offer training in techniques to maintain high standards of excellence in research practice. EMBO helps to shape science and research policy by seeking input and feedback from our community and by following closely the trends in science in Europe. For more information:

About EMBC

The European Molecular Biology Conference (EMBC) is an intergovernmental organization comprising 29 member states. EMBC promotes a strong transnational approach to the life sciences. Within EMBC, member states pool their resources to improve the quality of research at a national level and to contribute to the advancement of basic research in Europe. For more information:

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