Apply for an Installation Grant
- have an excellent publication record
- be negotiating a full-time position at an institute/university in the Czech Republic, Poland, Portugal or Turkey by the date of application, or have established a laboratory in one of these countries in the last two years (counted from 1 Jan in year of application).
- have, in the four years prior to application, spent at least two consecutive years outside the country in which they are applying to establish their laboratory.
- applicants who have not yet started their new position, must take-up the position and start the grant by 31 December in the year following application. For successful applicants who have already established their laboratories the grant start date is 1 January in the year following application.
No age or nationality limit applies.
Deadline 15 April each year.
Applications are accepted via an online system. There is an online form for both the scientist and receiving institute.
The online systems asks the scientist to provide:
- CV data and summary of planned research
- Details of the person who will complete the receiving institute form on behalf of the host institute*
- Details for three referees*
- A completed "IG Scientist Application Form".
* Important note: The details of the referees and host institute should be submitted as soon as possible. You can continue to update your online form until the deadline. Reference letters and information about the host institute are automatically requested, and are only accepted via the online system and must be submitted by the deadline.
The receiving institute contact will be sent a link and password by email to access and complete the receiving institute form online. They will also be emailed a "Receiving Institute Confirmation Form" which must be signed by the head of the institute and posted in original to the address on the form.
The receiving institute will be asked to describe:
- the institute's infrastructure
- available equipment
- relevant colleagues (i.e. show that the scientists at the institute work in areas that are relevant to the applicant's research)
- the duties of the applicant
- details of the offer that is being made to the applicant. The offer should go beyond a position and laboratory space.
- Initial screening to ensure eligibility requirements are met.
- Pre-screening of applications: approximately 50% are selected for interview with an EMBO Member who is an expert in their research area.
- The pre-screen focuses primarily on the track record of the candidate and offer by the host institute.
The aspects considered in particular by the EMBO Young Investigator Committee when ranking applicants are:
- Are the publications to date an indication that this is an outstanding scientist?
- Has the applicant shown a willingness to change research area/direction of research, which is an indication of an ability to tackle new and important problems?
- Is the proposed research interesting and realistic?
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?
Offer by the host institute
- Does the host institute provide a good environment for the applicant, i.e. sufficient lab space, basic lab equipment, access to central facilities, availability of funding for students/technicians/post docs, colleagues relevant to the applicant’s area of research etc.
- An offer that is not considered adequate for the project presented by the applicant will receive low scores and as a result, may not be funded.
- Is the candidate intellectually and financially independent?
The EMBO Installation Grant is a financial award of 50,000 euros per year for three years from the host EMBC member state. An extension for a further two years is possible subject to a favourable review in the third year. All current grantees can also apply for small grants of up to 10,000 euros from funds provided by EMBO Council.
Installation Grantees are encouraged to interact with each other, EMBO Young Investigators, EMBL group leaders and the growing network of former programme members.
Funded activities include:
- Joint group meetings
- Collaboration visits
- Travel costs to give a seminar 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 attending or organizing conferences
- Training in basic management skills through EMBO Laboratory Management Courses
- An annual advert in Nature for vacancies in programme members' laboratories
- Annual course for PhD students from programme members' laboratories
- Mentorship by an EMBO Member
Detailed information about benefits are listed in the Young Investigator Programme guide (pdf).
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