For current Young Investigators and Installation Grantees
Since its launch in 2000, the EMBO Young Investigator Programme (YIP) supports independent scientists that are selected as EMBO Young Investigators and Installation Grantees.
Programme members receive extensive support for networking interactions and other career development opportunities. Some highlights are listed below and summarized in a downloadable infographic. A more complete list, with details of the levels of support and how to apply for these, is provided in the programme guide (pdf). Relevant forms are included in the downloads box to the right.
- The programme offers both an annual EMBO Young Investigator meeting for all former and current programme members and more specialized meetings, allowing interaction between programme members.
- Networking funds support a wide range of other interactions between programme members – including institute visits and joint group meetings. Student exchanges and meeting grants allow interactions between current EMBO Young Investigator and Installation Grant labs with the wider scientific community. Additionally, programme members organizing a conference/course can receive sponsorship.
- Career development opportunities include the opportunity to choose an EMBO Member as your mentor and a free laboratory management course.
- The programme raises the profile of Young Investigators by offering EMBO Young Investigator Lecture Grants to current programme members, who are invited as speakers at international conferences, and by including their details in the EMBO directory.
- Support is provided for your lab members – for example, through the annual YIP PhD Course, a course run by Young Investigators for students in Young Investigator laboratories. Further support for your growing lab includes access to EMBL Core Facilities.
An overview of the financial award for Installation Grantees and Young Investigators selected in 2014 or later is provided in the programme guide (pdf). For Young Investigators selected before 2014, the payment mechanism was different: please contact the Young Investigator Programme office with any queries relating to this.
Upcoming events, deadlines, and other opportunities within the programme are included in the bi-monthly eNewsletter sent to programme members.
Young Investigator PhD Course
Organized by EMBO Young Investigators, this PhD course provides students working in the Young Investigators' labs with a broad overview of the biological sciences alongside training in skills required for a scientific career. The international scientific experience of the course organizers and the diversity of both teachers and participants – in terms of scientific interest and nationality – help shape the students' future perspectives.
A major focus is on soft-skills including training in scientific writing and communicating science to a lay-audience. Participants have the chance to practice presenting a poster and giving a short talk, receiving constructive feedback on their talks. An intensive training session provides the opportunity to further improve presentation skills. Practical exercises on grant proposals and reviewing papers are included in the programme, as well as scientific lectures.
The 2015 course will take place from 30 November - 5 December 2015. An overview of the draft 2015 programme, including an outline of each module of the course, can be downloaded from the "downloads section".
The deadline for applications to attend the 2015 course was Wednesday 1 July 2015, application is now closed and the course is full. Applications for the 2016 course will open in late spring 2016.
Travel & accommodation
Please note, participants (or their labs) must cover their own travel costs. For advice on travel to Heidelberg please see travel to EMBO.
EMBO organises and covers the cost of participant accommodation on a shared-twin basis during the course and on the arrival /departure days either-side of the 6-days of teaching (i.e a two bed room shared with one other participant for 7 nights from 29.11.2015, departing 6.12.2015).
Young Investigator Meeting 2016
11-13 May 2016
The annual EMBO Young Investigator Meeting provides a forum for the members of the programme to network and exchange ideas. Young Investigators present their research and informal discussions give the opportunity to exchange ideas on scientific or general interest topics.
The official programme will start at lunch-time on Wednesday 11 May 2016 and finishes mid-afternoon on Friday 13 May 2016. The meeting comprises of short talks from all attendees, science policy and publishing sessions, and a discussion of YIP programme activities. Optional training workshop(s) will also be held on the morning of 11 May.
The meeting will take place at the EMBL in Heidelberg, Germany.
EMBL, Meyerhofstr. 1, D69117 Heidelberg
All current and former EMBO Young Investigators and EMBO Installation Grantees are invited to participate, as well as EMBL group leaders. Registration will open in early 2016.
The YIP office / local organisers will arrange accommodation for registered participants. The meeting hotel is:
Hotel Villa Toskana, Hamburger Str. 4-10, 69181 Leimen
phone: (34) 93 486 88 00 | web: http://www.hotel-villa-toskana.de/en/home
Participants should please book their own travel. Reasonable travel expenses will be reimbursed after the meeting (please refer to the travel guidelines for Young Investigators). Please keep us updated with your travel plans, so we can arrange the programme and hotel accommodation accordingly.
About Young Investigators
About Young Investigators
EMBO Young Investigators are some of Europe's best young group leaders selected for the high quality of their research. There are currently 97 current EMBO Young Investigators who, together with 268 former members of the programme and recipients of an EMBO Installation Grant, form a prestigious and vibrant scientific network of over 440 life scientists.
A dedicated twitter feed for the programme exists; please follow for news from Young Investigators and Installation Grantees. Awards won by programme members are also listed on the awards tab.
Find a Young Investigator
Current EMBO Young Investigators are featured in the EMBO communities resource at people.embo.org, together with all EMBO Members.
If you are looking for a speaker and plan to apply for an Young Investigator Lecture Grant to support their talk, a list of Young Investigators eligible for lecture grants in 2015, sorted by EMBO subject area is also available.
Additionally, the Young Investigator database lists all 365 current and former EMBO Young Investigators. Please browse the database to find out more about their research. You can also search by keyword to find a Young Investigator working in a particular area.
A separate database of Installation Grantees is linked from the Installation Grant webpages.
PhD students and postdocs working with current EMBO Young Investigator and Installation Grant benefit from EMBO training opportunities, networking events and laboratory exchanges. The laboratories of former members also have access to many of these activities.
A list of vacancies in EMBO Young Investigator and Installation Grantee laboratories is provided below, and updated every 1-2 weeks. Please contact the EMBO Young Investigator directly (using the contact details on the linked page) with any queries about these vacancies. Current members of the programme are highlighted in bold.
List of vacancies:
- Jiri Damborsky (HH-2003) | Masaryk University, CZ
- Mario Halic (YI-2014) | Gene Center, University of Munich, DE
- Simon Sprecher (YI-2013) | University of Fribourg, Fribourg, CH
- Gad Asher (YI-2014) | Weizmann Insitute of Science, IL
- Priscille Brodin (YI-2015) * | Institut Pasteur of Lille, FR
- Priscille Brodin (YI-2015) | Institut Pasteur, Lille, FR
- Dirk Bumann (YI-2006) | Biocenter, University of Basel, CH
- Agnieszka Chacinska (IG-2009) | Intl. Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology, PL
- Felipe Cortés Ledesma (YI-2014) | CABIMER, Sevilla, ES
- Ebru Erbay (IG-2011) | Bilkent university, Ankara, TR
- Devrim Gözüaçik (IG-2006) | Sabanci University, Istanbul, TR
- Mario Halic (YI-2014) | Gene Center, University of Munich, DE
- Torben Heick Jensen (YI-2003) | DMG, Aarhus University, DK
- Taija Makinen (YI-2010) | Uppsala University, Uppsala, SE
- Evi Soutoglou (YI-2012) | IGBMC-Strasbourg, FR
- Amos Tanay (YI-2010) * | Weizmann Institute, Rehovot, IL
- Pavel Tolar (YI-2013) | Francis Crick Institute, London, GB
Felipe Cortés Ledesma (YI-2014) | CABIMER, Sevilla, ES
- Research Technician
David Keays (YI-2012) | Institute for Molecular Pathology, AT
- Bioinformatician/sequencing data analyst
Jochen Rink (YI-2015) | MPI for Mol. Cell Biology and Genetics, Dresden, DE
*= Vacancy is part of a wider call, positions are also available with other group leaders, not all of whom are members of the Young Investigator Programme
Speculative applications to laboratories not listed above are also possible. Please our EMBO Young Investigator Database and EMBO Installation Grants Database to find laboratories whose research interests you and send a CV/cover letter to the PI using the contact details listed on their lab website.
EMBO Young Investigators regularly win honours or awards for their research. Please find below a list of some of the awards won recently by current or former members of the programme.
Many Young Investigators (171) have also been awarded an ERC starting, consolidator or advanced grant since ERC grants were first awarded in 2007. Additionally, one hundred current or former programme members have been elected to EMBO Membership.
Awards won by Young Investigators in 2015
|Young Investigator||Selected in||award|
|Patrick Cramer||2000||Arthur Burkhardt Prize|
|Helen Walden||2011||Biochemical Society Colworth Medal|
|Victoria Cowling||2013||British Society for Cell Biology Women in Cell Biology Early Career Medal|
|Evi Soutoglou||2012||CNRS Bronze Medal|
|Thomas Lecuit||2003||CNRS Silver Medal|
|Melina Schuh||2012||EMBL John Kendrew Young Scientist Award|
|Ido Amit||2013||EMBO Gold Medal|
|Thomas Wollert||2014||Eppendorf / Nature Eppendorf Award for Young European Investigators|
|Steven West||2014||Lister Institute Lister Prize|
|M. Madan Babu||2010|
|Frank Uhlmann||2002||elected as a Fellow of The Royal Society|
|Óscar Fernández Capetillo||2008||Carmen y Severo Ochoa Research Award in Molecular Biology|
Awards won by Young Investigators in 2014
|Young Investigator||Selected in||award|
EMBO chooses some of the best young group leaders in Europe, through a highly competitive annual selection to join the EMBO Young Investigator programme.
During their three-year tenure in the programme, EMBO Young Investigators receive a range of financial and practical benefits. These support them during a critical stage of their career, and help them realize their potential as world-class researchers.
A key aspect of the programme is networking. EMBO Young Investigators benefit from a vibrant and broad network of over 400 scientists, made up of current and former Young Investigators, and recipients of an EMBO Installation Grant.
Other initiatives such as EMBO Young Investigator Lecture Grants aim to raise the profile of the young group leaders.
Apply to be a Young Investigator
Applications are accepted from candidates who meet the following criteria:
- Have been an independent group leader for at least one year at the pre-application deadline
- Have been an independent group leader for less than four years on 1 January in the year of application.
- Have at least two years of post PhD scientific experience and an excellent track record.
- Work in the life sciences in an EMBC member state. Special provisions are made for scientists in Singapore and based at Taiwanese institutes, as part of the Singapore-EMBO|EMBC and Taiwanese-EMBO|EMBC cooperation agreement.
- Have obtained sufficient funding to run their laboratory.
- Have published at least one last author research paper in an international peer reviewed journal from independent work carried out in their own laboratory.
- Are 40 years old or younger on 1 January in the year of application, unless exceptional circumstances have significantly delayed career progression.
- Are able to attend the interviews in Heidelberg in October 2016 (dates tbc).
- We accept 'last author' research papers that are in submission by the deadline (1 April each year). Last author reviews are not accepted.
- For female candidates with children, both the limit of four-years since independence and the age limit of 40 is automatically extended by one year per child.
- Illness, parental leave and extended military service are considered as exceptional circumstances on a case-by-case basis. Special provision may also be made for clinical scientists. If you feel your circumstances warrant an extension of the eligibility periods, please contact the EMBO office for advice before applying.
- When defining independence we take into account whether the scientist writes grants in their own name; reports directly to funding agencies; is able to submit manuscripts as a last author and can be responsible for supervising their own graduate students and/or post docs.
Application to the EMBO Young Investigator Programme is via a two-stage application process. Please check the eligibility criteria before applying.
Application process 2016
The pre-application deadline for the 2016 call is 1 April 14:00 CEST. The details for the 2016 application process (including updated application forms) will be available early in 2016.
Deadline for pre-application
1 April, 14:00 CEST*
2016 dates tbc
Full applications invited
Deadline for full application
Committee meeting & interviews
For information, we include details of the application process and example forms from 2015 below. The 2016 process is likely to be very similar.
Application process 2015 (for information)
Applicants are asked to submit basic information about their scientific career and track record via our online application system as well as:
- Details for three referees*
- Upload a completed YIP pre-application form. Applicants should refer to the YIP Application Guidelines when completing this form.
* Important note: The details of the three referees should be submitted as soon as possible. You can continue to update your online form until the deadline. Reference letters are automatically requested, are only accepted via the online system and must be submitted by the deadline.
- After the application deadline, we will confirm that the pre-application has been received and is complete.
- Pre-applications of eligible applicants are sent to the EMBO Young Investigator Committee for pre-screening.
- Following pre-screening approximately 50 applicants are invited to submit a full application and attend an interview with the selection committee.
Stage 2, full application:
- Applicants are asked to provide further information via the online system, and a final application form to be completed and uploaded as a PDF via the online system. Applicants should refer to the YIP Application Guidelines when completing this form.
- Full applications are sent to an EMBO Member expert in the area of the applicant's research for a confidential review.
- Candidates are interviewed by the EMBO Young Investigator Committee in October.
The EMBO Young Investigator Committee, is looking for the best and most promising young independent researchers in Europe. The primary selection criterion applied by all EMBO committees is scientific excellence.
The aspects considered in particular by the EMBO Young Investigator Committee when making their decisions are:
- Are the publications to date an indication that this is an outstanding scientist?
- Please note that EMBO is a signatory of DORA and does not use journal-based metrics such as impact factor for evaluation.
- Has the applicant shown a willingness to change research area, which is an indication of an ability to tackle new and important problems?
- Is the proposed research ambitious and likely to lead to novel contributions in the field?
- Does the applicant have the potential to become a future leader in their field?
Group and Research environment
- Is the research environment conducive to competitive research?
- Are the number of laboratory members and the available funds sufficient to undertake the described research?
- Is the candidate intellectually and financially independent? What is the influence of former supervisors and institute heads on the candidate's current research?
- At the pre-application stage the committee judge whether the initial application is competitive enough to be considered for the award. About 50 applicants are invited to submit a full application and attend an interview.
- Full applications are requested and sent to an EMBO Member expert in the area of the applicant's research for a confidential review.
Candidates attend a panel interview with a subset of the committee. Candidates are asked to deliver a 10-minute presentation summarizing their current results, projects and future directions. The presentation will be followed by 10 minutes of discussion. A logical and convincing presentation can be a distinguishing factor between the excellent applications received.
- The committee makes a final decision on each application after the interviews based on the performance at interview, the information provided in the application form and a confidential review by an EMBO Member expert in the candidate's field.
- All candidates are informed by email of the outcome of their full application.
EMBO Young Investigators benefit from extensive networking opportunities, and other financial and practical support.
EMBO Young Investigators receive a financial award of 15,000 euros in their second year. All current EMBO Young Investigators can also apply for small grants of up to 10,000 euros from funds provided by EMBO Council.
The EMBO Young Investigator Programme is unique in its focus on networking. EMBO Young Investigators are formally programme members for 3-years, and during this time are encouraged to interact with each other, EMBL group leaders and the growing network of former Young Investigators.
Funded activities are summarised in a graphical overview and include:
- EMBO Young Investigator Lecture Grants
- Joint group meetings
- Collaboration visits
- Support for seminars by Young Investigators at another programme members' institute
- Lab member research visits
- Access to EMBL Core Facilities
- The annual EMBO Young Investigator meeting
- Special interest groups organizing sectoral meetings on a number of topics
- Grants for organizing conferences
- Training in basic management skills through EMBO Laboratory Management Courses
- An online listing highlighting vacancies in programme members' laboratories
- Annual course for PhD students from programme members' laboratories
- Mentorship by an EMBO Member
- Travel grants for meeting attendance for Young Investigators and their group members
Detailed information about the benefits are listed in our programme guide (pdf).
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