EMBO Programme Manager, Gerlind Wallon, explained, "EMBO Installation Grants encourage talented young group leaders to establish laboratories in countries which might otherwise lose their top scientists abroad. These grants also support the transfer of skills and knowledge from more established research communities to the participating countries. Lithuania is continuing to grow its international profile in the life sciences and we look forward to supporting the foundation of high-quality research groups there."
The EMBO Installation Grants scheme was launched in 2006 and currently offers grants to laboratories in the Czech Republic, Estonia, Poland, Portugal and Turkey, as well as Lithuania. Grants are targeted at scientists who wish to move to these countries and have spent at least two consecutive years working elsewhere.
Professor Virginijus Siksnys, Lithuania's representative at the European Molecular Biology Conference (EMBC), described the positive impact of joining the scheme. "It is a pleasure to see new opportunities for young researchers to establish research facilities in Lithuania," he stated. "The ability to compete with larger economies to attract the finest researchers will help the continued growth of life sciences in our country."
The latest call for applications to the EMBO Installation Grants scheme was made on 20th January 2017. Scientists intending to found new laboratories in one of the eligible countries are encouraged to apply via the EMBO website by 15th April 2017. For more details, see http://www.embo.org/funding-awards/installation-grants
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: http://www.embo.org
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: embc.embo.org